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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

EARLY, Heavy Snowfall Catches Muscovites Unprepared

Abnormally heavy snowfall left Muscovites squelching through slush Sunday morning, and meteorologists forecast rainfall for the rest of the day, compounding the capital's weather woes.

"Over the course of three hours, between 5 and 6 centimeters of snow fell in Moscow, which is atypical for the end of October," a weather forecaster from the capital's Fobos Weather Center told RIA-Novosti.

"What we are seeing now is characteristic of the snow covering in November."

The forecaster explained Sunday's heavy snowfall by a southern cyclone bringing dense rainclouds to Russia, adding that there would be no further snow Sunday due to rising temperatures.

"By the middle of the day, the air temperature will start to rise and reach between 5 and 7 degrees Celsius. The rising temperatures will continue into the evening," the meteorologist said.

Rain had already started to fall in northern Moscow by mid-morning.

By nighttime Sunday, forecasters expect the temperature to dip once more, and Muscovites trudging into work Monday morning can expect to be dealing with slippery conditions as Sunday's slush turns to ice.

"The slush formed from snow and rain will freeze, turning into black ice," the forecaster told the news agency.