One-sixth of winter snow fell in Moscow in past 48 hours

Some 12 centimeters of snow has fallen in Moscow in the past 24 hours, Igor Pergamenshchik, press officer to the deputy Moscow mayor on housing and utilities issues, told Interfax.

"This means that 30 centimeters of snow has fallen since the beginning of the snowfall on Nov. 28, which is one-sixth of the winter norm for precipitation," he said.

Pergamenshchik also said the slight icy rain that has begun in Moscow will end soon.

"Rain freezes at temperatures slightly below 0 degree Celsius when contacting the ground. This creates conditions for the formation of ice. These weather conditions will persist until 2:00 p.m. and then the temperatures will begin increasing to slightly above 0 degrees Celsius. The temperatures are projected to reach plus 2 degrees Celsius by 3:00 p.m. with wind speed of 15-20 meters per second," the press officer said.

The housing and utilities services are working continually, he said. All city motorways were cleaned of snow and sprayed with de-icer in the period between 11:00 p.m. on Thursday and 5:00 a.m. on Friday, he said.

"The cleaning efforts involved over 12,000 units of special equipment. Pedestrian zones and roads leading to metro stations are now being cleaned and sprayed with de-icer and roofs are being cleaned of ice," Pergamenshchik said.

According to Pergamenshchik, over 300,000 cubic meters of snow have already been taken to snow-melting points.

"We are asking drivers and pedestrians to be extremely attentive in these difficult weather conditions," Pergamenshchik said.

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