Forest walk hits the spot

A woman wearing a red anorak adds a spot of colour to the bleak landscape while walking through a forest near Moscow during a snowfall yesterday.

The temperature dropped to minus 9 deg C in the Russian capital yesterday.

Snow came to Moscow on Oct 27 this year, the earliest fall since weather observations began 137 years ago, reported weather portal Meteonovosti.

Last month, severe weather knocked out electricity supplies to the homes of almost 24,000 people living near Moscow, the Tass news agency reported.

Train routes between major cities were suspended, leaving hundreds of commuters stranded.

The outages also affected 19 "socially significant facilities", including hospitals and schools, the agency said.

As well, more than 70 flights were cancelled last month due to excessive snow, leaving many travellers stranded in the city.

As of Dec 2, Meteonovosti had recorded 90cm of snowfall in Moscow, a record for the city.

Today's temperature is forecast to dip to minus 12 deg C.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 15, 2016, with the headline 'Forest walk hits the spot'. Print Edition | Subscribe