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Moscow gets its first taste of wintry weather

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Reuters

Moscow woke up to heavy snowfall on Thursday, amid expectations that this could be the beginning of the whitest winter in half a century.

The Russian capital's weather bureau said 16 centimetres had already fallen by late morning - more than double the norm.

Some felt terrible about the wintry weather.

(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) MOSCOW CITIZEN SVETLANA, SAYING:

"(Snow evokes) horrible emotions, I don't know. Horrible, just horrible. Dirt and puddles and all that."

While others said it has its perks.

(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) MOSCOW CITIZEN, BANKER, ALEXEI, SAYING:

"(Snow) brings some kind of happiness, the feeling of the New Year and expectations of holidays, I guess."

This season's first snowfall caused massive traffic jams around Moscow, and delayed scores of overnight flights.

Forecasters say that by the weekend snow cover could reach half a metre.

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