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By The Siberian Times reporter
18 December 2017

Spectacular whiteout scenes of winter life in the Arctic city of Norilsk

There are plenty of challenges - and fun - in this remote industrial city. Picture: Norilsk News

It's now dark all day in Norilsk where locals are coping with the 'polar night', lasting in this northern latitude more than six weeks.

But there are plenty of challenges - and fun - in this remote industrial city.

One man says he left his car for just five minutes only to find its front entirely buried in drifting snow during a blizzard.


A video shows him clearing the powdery new fall so he can drive away again.

Others found their vehicles entirely covered by the fresh cover.

One woman shows a picture of a snowed up path to an ATM. "Cryo-fitness at its best", she calls it.

Path to ATM

"Cryo-fitness at its best". Picture: @north.violin

Drivers find that turns they know are in the road have suddenly vanished under the white blanket.

Snowdrifts were so high they reached the second floor of blocks of flats.

Cars in many parking lots totally vanished under the deep falls.

Snow in Norilsk


Snow in Norilsk


Cleaning snow


Snow in Norilsk


Snow in Norilsk


Snow in Norilsk


Snow in Norilsk

Cars in many parking lots totally vanished under the deep falls. Roads are covered with white blanket. Pictures: Igor Ilyushin, Evgeny Strenadko, Tamara Borisova, @north.violin, Anastasia Savicheva, @e1eanorochka, @evgenikarateev

There were reports that the city's snowploughs were unable to cope with the extraordinary falls from Friday night, and roads to neighbouring towns were blocked.

But people enjoyed the snow, too, throwing themselves into the virgin snow

People are having fun. Pictures: Tatyana Krasnova, Igor Ilyushin, @e.mazhitova, @evgenikarateev, @kseniya_mika

Snow in Norilsk


Snow in Norilsk


Snow in Norilsk


Snow in Norilsk


Snow in Norilsk


Snow in Norilsk

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