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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

First Big Snow Comes Late, and Unlikely to Stay Long

Moscow's first significant snowfall this winter was met by a battalion of plow trucks hoping to clear roads and avoid traffic snares before Wednesday morning rush hour.

Some 5,000 vehicles were deployed to move snow and spray snow-melting chemicals mixed with gravel, Artur Keskinov, head of the city government's Housing and Communal Services Department, told RIA-Novosti on Wednesday.

The trucks cleared the streets every three hours, collecting a total of 800 cubic meters of snow, Keskinov said. On Wednesday morning, snow did not appear to be a major factor holding up traffic flow.

While Domodedovo and Vnukovo airports ran smoothly, visibility was apparently not as good at Sheremetyevo Airport, where air traffic controllers Tuesday night decided to leave it up to pilots whether to land, RIA-Novosti reported.

Visibility at the airport was reported to be between 500 and 600 meters.

In the Moscow region, a snowplow driving on an icy, snow-streaked road collided with a passenger bus. Four people were injured in the accident, which occurred shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday on Simferopolskoye Shosse, Interfax reported.

No snowfall is expected in the Moscow area until next week, according to the Federal Meteorological and Environmental Monitoring Service's web site.

Thursday, the temperature was expected to dip to minus 8 degrees Celsius, rising to a high of minus 3 C. On Friday, the forecast is for a low of minus 1 C and a high of 1 C. Temperatures over the weekend are expected to rise incrementally.

December has seen unseasonably warm temperatures, with a record reading of 7.5 C registered on Dec. 7. That mark smashed the previous record -- 6.6 degrees C, which was set in 1898.

Russia began recording temperatures in 1879.