First snow falls in Norilsk

First snow falls in Norilsk

September 23, 2022

Nature spiced snowfall with a real blizzard, to which Norilsk residents, accustomed to all kinds of weather surprises, were still not ready.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. A real storm raged for several hours. People jumped up in the shops, trying to call a taxi from there. This turned out to be a difficult matter – the phone numbers were busy for a long time, the trip cost increased.

As soon as the bad weather subsided, despite the late hour, children and adults rushed into the yards to make traditional snowmen from the first snow. The social networks were full of these snow figures of different kinds.

Meteorologists did not record the level of snow cover that dropped into the city, but, according to some observations, it amounted to about 15 centimeters in some places. By morning, these fresh snowdrifts began to melt, turning the streets into a continuous stream of water. In addition, the next day in the morning it was raining. Difficulties with movement arose mainly among pedestrians, although a couple of cars stood in huge puddles tightly.

According to the road workers, snow cleaning began immediately after snowfall with the forces of equipment, which was ready for this. Experts agree that in fact these forces were not enough. According to regulatory documents, winter in Norilsk begins on October 1 – that is, the technique of the organization serving the road network should be ready for work by this date. It means that equipment for winter work should stand on road by October.

“Equipment’s winter maintenance requires a certain time. In the morning, the road workers were engaged in summer work, and by the evening it was already snowing – they have to start cleaning immediately”, says Yevgeny Bolgov, the Norilskavtodor enterprise’s head.

Currently, the available forces are cleaning sidewalks and the carriageway. In the central district, in the first hours of bad weather and the next day, four road machines and loaders worked. In total, up to ten graders, as well as several special cars based on KAMAZ cars, will operate in Norilsk in winter.

Earlier, the This Is Taimyr wrote about the first autumn storm in Norilsk. We also reported that Black Swans and Dragons helped to explain extreme precipitation in the Arctic.

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Text: Denis Kozhevnikov, Photo: author

September 23, 2022

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