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October Surprise: Baby, It s Cold Outside

Olya Karabach stood shivering in a light fall jacket Tuesday, whipped by wind and snow as she waited for a friend at Gorky Park. ""It's never snowed like this in October"", said Karabach. To be precise, the last time Moscow had such an early snowstorm was 16 years ago, so Olya Karabach, 15, can be excused for not remembering. A wet snowfall that began on Monday evening turned into a full-fledged arctic storm by Tuesday, blanketing the city with a layer of clean snow and sending temperatures plummeting to minus 9 degrees Celsius. Many Moscow residents had their heat turned on in the past few days, just in time for the frigid blast. But others are still without warmth. ""I woke up this morning and it was snowing in my apartment through the cracks in the window"", said Gary Testa, an American marketing consultant who lives near the Russian parliament building. ""I only realized that we had no heat when I saw ice on the inside of my windows"".
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