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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Fog Snarls Traffic, Redirects Flights

MTThe top of the Federation Tower disappearing into the misty cover at the Moskva-City construction site on Tuesday.
Heavy fog late Monday and Tuesday paralyzed city traffic and caused numerous flights to be rerouted, traffic police and air traffic control officials said.

At least 20 flights from Domodedovo were rerouted overnight Monday to Moscow airports Vnukovo and Sheremetyevo, as well as to airports in Nizhny Novgorod and St. Petersburg, an air traffic control official told RIA-Novosti.

"There is no guarantee that the weather will get better," the official said.

Officials at Domodedovo could not be reached for comment Tuesday. But a statement on the airport's web site said both arrivals and departures were back on schedule despite the weather.

Sheremetyevo spokeswoman Anna Zakharenkova said six flights had been redirected to the airport north of Moscow. "Visibility is improving now," she said.

A Vnukovo spokeswoman denied reports that the fog forced the airport to temporarily suspend flights Tuesday. "Vnukovo was not closed," the spokeswoman said. "It has been operating on its normal schedule. We accepted 13 flights from Domodedovo during the night."

The thick fog also exacerbated the city's notorious traffic woes, traffic police spokeswoman Marina Vasilyeva said.

"We recommend that all drivers exercise maximum caution when driving [in such conditions]," Vasilyeva said.

Foggy mornings and nights are expected to continue throughout the rest of the week, the city weather service said Tuesday.