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Spring? What spring? Record snow falls in Siberia and Far East

By The Siberian Times reporter
06 March 2015

Drifts have reached one metre in height with schools closed, cars abandoned and even a military tank pulling out stranded drivers.

A powerful cyclone hit Vladivostok and Khabarovsk. Picture: 'Kamchatka. Here begins Russia'

Spring may be officially here, with flowers beginning to bud in many parts of the northern hemisphere. But spare a thought for the people of Siberia and the Russian Far East, who are having to cope with record snow fall.

Drifts have reached up to one metre-high in Tomsk, with a military tank even being used to pull trucks that have become stuck on the road.

Children playing in the snow


Snow drift Novosibirsk

Snowfall on March 1, the first official day of spring, hit a 100-year record in some places and now forecasters have warned more of the white stuff is on its way. Pictures: Tatyana Krivenko, 54novosti

Snowfall on March 1, the first official day of spring, hit a 100-year record in some places and now forecasters have warned more of the white stuff is on its way.

In Primorsky Krai, between March 3 and 4 it snowed constantly for 20 hours, leaving cars buried and almost covering the front doors to buildings.

Sakhalin region


Sakhalin region


Sakhalin region


Sakhalin region

On Thursday the airport at Yuzno-Sakhalinsk was badly affected by the weather, with more than a dozen flights delayed. Pictures: RIA Sakhalin-Kurily, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk Airport

The worst of the weather was in Vladivostok, Artem, Nakhodka, Ussuriisk, Partisansk and coastal areas. 

Roads were closed in Vladivostok but that did not deter winter sports enthusiasts who turned Shefner Street into an impromptu ski slope.

Snowfall Vladivostok


Snowfall Vladivostok


Snowfall Vladivostok

In Primorsky Krai, between March 3 and 4 it snowed constantly for 20 hours. Roads were closed but that did not deter winter sports enthusiasts who turned Shefner Street into an impromptu ski slope. Pictures: _vasilyeva_1, Alexander Khitrov / PrimaMedia

Businesses across the region closed early and universities were forced to send their students home, with many simply abandoning their cars and walking on foot.

It was a similar situation in Kamchatka, where schools were closed and residents were advised not to leave their homes.

Kamchatka snowfall


Kamchatka snowfall


Kamchatka snowfall


Kamchatka snowfall

In Kamchatka, where schools were closed and residents were advised not to leave their homes. Pictures: zorkiy29, 'Kamchatka. Here begins Russia'

On Thursday the airport at Yuzno-Sakhalinsk was badly affected by the weather, with more than a dozen flights delayed.

Last month the Emergency Ministry was forced to use a tank to move stranded lorries on the road between Khabarovsk and Komsomolsk-on-Amur, while Novosibirsk endured a month’s worth of precipitation in just three days. The city’s mayor Anatoly Lokot even admitted that funds allocated to clearing the snow had run out.

Comments (3)

How do you ever get to work? Don't know if I'd survive there...seeing I'm not going any better here where the day is as I write, damp & cold & with constant rain. God, yous must be made out of steeliness & good stuff.
Jaker, Dundalk
30/03/2015 23:17
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How ever, the summer is knocking the doors.... it takes a short while and hopefully all snow'll melt away. john
john, finland
07/03/2015 04:25
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Amazing, beautiful but not easy. Hope to see spring very soon, in Siberia.
Jocelyne, FRANCE
07/03/2015 01:27
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