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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

10 Flights Diverted After Storm

MTTwo Muscovites on Thursday morning removing a thick covering of wet snow from their car on Oktyabrskaya Ulitsa.
Ten flights bound for Moscow were rerouted Thursday because of bad weather, as local meteorologists warned that plunging temperatures would make conditions icy over the next few days.

Eight flights to Sheremetyevo were redirected to Vnukovo Airport, St. Petersburg and Nizhny Novgorod, Itar-Tass reported. Two flights heading for Domodedovo were redirected to Vnukovo.

Vnukovo, which is not as heavily trafficked as the other Moscow-area airports, was able to keep its runways clear for takeoff and landing.

Meanwhile, temperatures began to drop sharply in Moscow on Thursday after the previous night's heavy snowfall. The temperature was forecast to drop to as low as minus 19 degrees Celsius overnight, with daytime temperatures Friday rising to minus 11 C.

The freezing temperatures mean many slippery sidewalks ahead. "It's going to turn into an ice rink," said Tatyana Pozdnyakova, the chief analyst at the city's main weather center.

Workers have cleared 450,000 cubic meters of snow from city streets in advance of the colder temperatures.

Artur Keskinov, head of the city's Department of Communal Services, warned Muscovites to be careful of falling icicles. Eight people have already been injured by icicles, Keskinov said, RIA-Novosti reported. He also advised motorists not to park near buildings with icicles hanging from them.

Moscow traffic police advised drivers to use public transport, saying motorists would find the metro or trams less inconvenient than icy, traffic-clogged streets.

"Winter has come," said Igor Koloskov, a spokesman for the Moscow traffic police.