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PHOTOS: A month of snow fell on Moscow this weekend

Russia is sending in soldiers to unearth the capital.

by Josh Marcus
Feb 6 2018, 1:45pm

Russia is sending in its soldiers to unearth Moscow after a record-setting snowstorm buried the capital over the weekend.

Mayor Sergei Sobyanin called the storm “the snowfall of the century,” but that, somehow, is an understatement: It’s the biggest snowfall in Moscow on record, period. Over a month’s worth of snow fell in just 36 hours, according to Reuters.

The massive influx of snow killed one person after a tree knocked down a power line, Sobyanin said on social media on Sunday. The storm also delayed nearly 150 flights at Moscow airports and caused over 5,000 people to experience power outages, according to the Sputnik news agency.

The Russian military sent in 100 soldiers — three units worth — as well as two snowploughs and one truck to bolster the thousands of local and regional personnel working to clear the streets.

These photos show what Moscow looks like after the record-breaking storm:

An Honor guard soldier walks along the Kremlin wall, covered by snow, as his fellow soldier stands at the Tomb of Unknown Soldier in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

With snow covering much of the capital and its outlying areas, authorities told Muscovites to avoid long walking trips outside.

Still, the city’s snow-choked roads forced some people to leave their cars and walk.

A worker speaks on the phone while having a rest as he removes snow in a street in central Moscow, Russia February 5, 2018. (REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin)

Snow knocked down more than 2,000 trees, resulting in at least one death.

A worker speaks on the phone while having a rest as he removes snow in a street in central Moscow, Russia February 5, 2018. (REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin)

Moscow children got a snow day Monday, a rare occurrence in the famously cold capital.

Children ride inflatable rings to slide down a snow slope during heavy snowfall in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Jr )

Sobyanin also warned that weather could worsen on Monday.

Clearing snow off a roof with a Moscow Kremlin tower in the background in Moscow, Russia on February 5, 2018. ((Photo by Vyacheslav Prokofyev\TASS via Getty Images)
People making their way through piles of snow in Moscow, Russia on February 5, 2018. (Photo by Alexander Shcherbak\TASS via Getty Images)

Other Russian cities, like St. Petersburg and Kazan, were also hit with severe snowfall.

Snow removal equipment in a street in Kazan, Russia on February 5, 2018. (Photo by Yegor Aleyev\TASS via Getty Images)

People making their way through a heavy snowfall in St. Petersburg, Russia, on February 5, 2018.(Photo by Alexander Demianchuk\TASS via Getty Images)


A Rostral Column on the Spit of Vasilyevsky Island during a snowfall in St. Petersburg, Russia on February 5, 2018. (Photo by Alexander Demianchuk\TASS via Getty Images)

Cover image: Snow covered Red Square with the Spasskaya Tower, left, and St. Basil's Cathedral, right, after a snowstorm in Moscow, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

This article originally appeared on VICE News US.

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