Sunday, November 25, 2012

Snow tunnels instead of streets in Siberia

Southern Siberia continues to accumulate snow too rapidly. The process of growing the snow mass is so fast, it can become a regional disaster, reports

digging snow tunnels in siberia

© Bogdan Cristel | Reuters
Based on monitoring data, Novosibirsk, Kemerovo, Altay and south of Krasnoyarsk regions as well as republic of Khakassia received from 35 mm to 73 mm of snow precipitations for 3 weeks of November. In the mountainous areas it has been recorded from 90 to 122 mm, and in a meteostation in Khakassia precipitations reached 146 mm. November's average is 30-35 mm!

digging car in snow in siberia

© Dominic Ebenbichler | Reuters
The main problem are snowbanks that are growing every day. Average height of snow is 25-41 cm now.

snow in siberia

© Dado Ruvic | Reuters
In Novosibirsk, Kemerovo and Barnaul depth of snow is more than 33 cm. In mountains of Khakassia depth of powder is the highest in Russia - 110 cm. Must be a paradise for backcountry free riding!

Driving is especially difficult and even dangerous these days. The video below has been shot on a intercity road (can't really call it a highway) in Altay region.


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