With a month of snow falling in just 24 hours spring still seems far away for Moscow residents.
It is the heaviest March snowfall in 50 years which, even for a city used to winter extremes, is proving tiresome for residents. However for some, it is no big deal. Try living in Siberia, for example, said one man:
“You haven’t seen our winter! It is very snowy, with snowdrifts higher than a man. This snowfall isn’t serious for us. We will definitely survive it.”
Back in his home region Krasnoyarsk had half a metre of snow. “We had lots of snow overnight. Snow-covered cars were stuck on the roadside,” said one man brandishing a large shovel.
But in Tomsk it was a positively balmy four degrees, bringing problems of its own, with flooding.
Such is Russia’s size there is a lot of weather about, and it changes constantly. Near the Black Sea it is 25 degrees, with everything bursting into blossom.