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Season so far only slightly worse than the terrible 2013/14 year – even though many areas have had little snowfall
The Siberian province of Siberia has seen some of the heaviest snowfall recorded in the past eight years, covering only the last two days and many are anticipating that more snow will make their way down from up north this weekend.
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The better picture is for ski areas across the mountain range: good snowcover is the signal which, in ski tourism at least, will signal the end of the seasonal season. Here’s what to expect:
People will get busy because they’ve got so much snow cover
If you were planning to work Monday, the plan is to get out and try to enjoy a skiing holiday somewhere this weekend. If you were planning to work Tuesday, you’ve got two more days to get out there. If you were planning to work Wednesday, well, you need to get out there with a new calendar in hand.
This year has an unlucky code: number one
If you’re looking for a trip to the snow that is in its strongest form it’s number one – meaning that the amount of snow cover that you’re looking for is in 1’. So yes, things are looking slightly better than they were a few years ago.
Don’t rush to come
The Russians began cancelling ski tours and charter flights this morning because so many have been canceled over the past 24 hours. There’s more snow that’s needed to put the bad snow on the slopes. So don’t worry, there’s still time to make your reservations and don’t be deterred by these cancellations – while there may be some crying poor news this week, don’t forget your passport.
Better yet, don’t worry at all
Some have said that this bad weather pattern is coming with a bit of an aftershock from the 2013/14 outbreak. The latter, thought to be the worst in 75 years, killed 132 people and cost around $650m to clean up.
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But the good news is that this year’s outbreak looks to be coming back down to earth again. There has already been a healthy cold front that has put some difference in the air, and the past two days we have seen some of the heaviest snowfall since 2009.
What happens this weekend is vital
The flying Cathay Pacific flights to Heathrow are each returning down with 20% of their passengers returning to Russia, which is to say you, dear reader. You will be heading south to your new winter vacation destination, likely to be packed with other holidaymakers as the snow fades into a serious warm-up.
And here’s what the Russian emergency committee is telling us to expect this weekend:
* The snow will continue over northern and central Russia and regions will see windwaves and rough sea conditions. A new, cold front will reach the area early in the next workday on Sunday. Meteorological conditions may increase, with extreme wind speeds in south-eastern regions. Scattered snow showers may also be observed.
* As soon as the snow starts and there is a mixed pass of the weather, the snow could result in the suspension of educational and tourist services for the following days.
* There is a chance of lots of travel cancellations due to the cancelling of flights. Crew members who are not up to flying for health reasons will be out of work, which will affect tourism.
* We advise staying home until the weekend is completely over.
* Due to the effects of cold fronts, checking weather conditions online in advance, is not recommended.
* Additional problems may arise with railways and even water supply systems.