Snow Armageddon in Moscow – Record snowfall 2nd day in a row

Not only a record for the day, but for the entire month of February.

5 Feb 2018 – Over the weekend Moscow was “drowned” in snow, setting many records.

Moscow experienced its heaviest snowfall in a day since records began, Russian officials say.

Moscow’s meteorological service said Moscow had seen more than half its average monthly snowfall in the space of 24 hours, beating the previous record set in 1957.

For the first 4 days of the month in Moscow, the monthly precipitation norm was exceeded. At the station VDNH fell 40.8 mm of precipitation, which is 113% of the norm.

Accumulated snowfall reached 62 cm (slightly more than 2 feet). According to the Irish Times, that is nearly the amount received during the entire month of February in previous years.

On February 3 and 4, records were set for the daily amount of precipitation. February 4, 25 mm fell over the day, not only a record for the day, but for the entire month of February.

By the morning of February 5, snow cover at VDNH reached 55 cm, exceeding the norm by almost 20 cm. A lot of snow lies throughout the city, most (65 cm) in Izmailovo, less (43 cm) in Baltschug.

This February snowfall, the strongest in the last 60 years, particularly affected residents of the Moscow, Vladimir, Kaluga and Penza regions.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said that 2,000 trees were brought down by the extreme weather because they could not stand the weight of snow and ice. It is therefore necessary to choose the safest routes not near trees.

The record snowfall left thousands without electricity.

The forecast is for continued snow.

Thanks to Martin Siebert and Clay Olson for these links