Unseasonal ice storms hit many parts of Russia on November 18 and 19, 2020, causing power outages, traffic chaos, and the collapse of key infrastructure systems in the Far East.
An overnight storm accompanied by strong northerly winds and ice rain -- described by The Siberian Times as 'weather apocalypse' -- caused the collapse of key systems in the Russian Far East on November 19, 2020, leaving at least 120 000 people without electricity.
Vladivostok and most of the Primorye region were turned into frozen land, the paper reported, adding that hundreds of power lines were cut by wet snow and ice.
The weather caused flight delays and traffic chaos after many roads and several bridges were shut down. Schools and kindergartens were also closed.
A huge concrete slab fell on a car in Vladivostok, with the car owner evading it by a miracle.
Unseasonal freezing rain started in the central parts of the country late November 18, affecting capital Moscow and its region, as well as Kaluga, Smolensk, and Tula.
Moscow airport reportedly canceled about 30 flights due to freezing rain.
The ice zone will move to the east tomorrow, November 20, so the freezing rains will reach the Volga-Vyatka region by the evening, Oreanda reports.
Authorities are urging residents to take extra care and stay home if possible.
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