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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

For City, Spring Is on Hold

MTA man clearing snow off a sidewalk near the Aeroport metro station Thursday.
This spring had a much frostier start than usual, and snow will not begin melting before the end of next week, Moscow's weather bureau said Thursday.

Daytime air temperatures are on average 3.6 degrees Celsius lower than the standard for this time of year -- a new record, the bureau said.

"It's a considerable deviation," bureau head Alexei Lyakhov said.

Daytime temperatures fluctuated from a low of minus 10.5 degrees to a high of minus 1.3 degrees from March 1 through March 10, said Tatyana Pozdnyakova, a bureau spokeswoman.

The month's coldest day so far came on March 1, when the bureau recorded a daytime air temperature of minus 10.5 degrees.

Northern and eastern winds that have dominated in Moscow since the beginning of March made the weather more frigid than usual by bringing cold air from Siberia and the Arctic, Lyakhov said.

He predicted more snow throughout March and April.

The period from March 10 through March 20 will be as cold as the first 10 days of March and it will then start warming up, said Irina Smetanina, a spokeswoman for the federal weather bureau.

Snow usually starts to melt after March 20, and "as yet, we have no reason to say that this spring will come late," Lyakhov said.

On March 7, Russians began celebrating Maslenitsa, a weeklong tradition of eating pancakes to celebrate the end of winter.