Spring Arrives in Moscow

Gorky Park file photo

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – April 17, 2013) The federal weather bureau announced on Wednesday that all the snow in the capital had finally melted, giving Muscovites the go-ahead to cheer the arrival of spring.

On Wednesday morning, the snow cover at the weather station at the All-Russia Exhibition Center in Moscow had fallen to zero centimeters from Tuesday’s measurement of 6 centimeters, Interfax reported citing a weather bureau official.

On April 1, the measurement was a record 65 centimeters, the official said, noting that some snow remains in parts of the capital where it formed large snow drifts.

“The situation is different in the Moscow region ­ in some parts of the region, the depth of snow is still over 20 centimeters,” he said, adding that Moscow saw 329 centimeters of snow over the 2012-2013 winter period.

Weather forecasters also said on Wednesday that they expect summer in Russia to be especially warm.