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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Snowfall Snarls City Traffic, Shuts Off Village Electricity

Snowfall wreaked havoc on city transport Tuesday, delaying flights and snarling traffic, while dozens of villages in the Moscow region were left without electricity.

An average of 4 centimeters of wet snow fell across the city Tuesday. The area hit hardest was the northern Volokolomskaya district, which received 19 centimeters, said Lyudmila Parshina, a researcher at the Federal Meteorological Service's Moscow branch.

But the cold snap won't last, Parshina said.

"All the snow will disappear," she said, adding that average temperatures would rise to 6 degrees Celsius during the day Wednesday.

Sixty-two towns and villages in the Moscow region were without electricity after trees fell under the weight of snow onto power lines, an Emergency Situations Ministry spokeswoman, who refused to give her name, said Tuesday.

"In many of those places, the electricity has been switched off until the power lines can be repaired," the spokeswoman said, adding that it could take "several days" before power was restored in all 62 of the places.

At Domodedovo Airport, around 15 flights were delayed by as much as 2 hours Tuesday while snow was cleared from the runways, and planes spent longer being de-iced before takeoff, spokeswoman Yulia Pronina said.

Vacationers heading to Egypt, Italy and Sochi were among those affected.

There were no weather-related delays at Vnukovo or Sheremetyevo, which escaped the worst of the weather. Approaching fog could cause minor delays before noon on Wednesday, the Meteorological Service's Parshina said.

Moscow will continue to warm up through the week, with the temperature reaching 12 C by Saturday. Forecasts call for the recent rain to last through Sunday.