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Snowpocalypse Russia: Snow 'tsunami' swallows streets, cars, buildings

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RussiaWeather Norilsk. (Photo from bigpicture.ru) Unrelenting snowfalls have caused unprecedented travel chaos in Russia. Over the past week the country has seen scores of traffic accidents, flight delays, and in some cases, the complete isolation of some remote settlements and towns.
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Norilsk (Photo from bigpicture.ru) As more than 10 inches of snow fell in Moscow – more than half of the average snowfall for the whole of January – the already congested city is on the verge of a traffic collapse. Traffic measuring portal Yandex reported Grade 10 (out of 10) jams on Friday, as strong winds created blizzard conditions and built imposing snow drifts. More than 12,000 de-icers and snow sweepers are out on the streets, working around the clock. As the city has come to a standstill the chair of the Duma’s transport committee has called for local transport offic…