At the end of the holiday season, the weather surprised some parts of South European Russia with snow. The collision of a cold wedge from the Volga Region with the warm and humid southern air resulted in snowfall, which is a rare phenomenon this winter even for the central part of the country.
Snow depth on January 10, 2020. © Gismeteo
The snow depth reached 19-22cm in some areas of the Rostov and Volgograd regions and in western Kalmykia. A small layer of snow was recorded in the Krasnodar, Stavropol and Astrakhan regions. On January 10, snow and wet snow were building up on wires and trees.
Precipitation is also expected over the weekend. Having passed the Central Black Earth Region, a cyclone from the northwest will bring snow and sticky wet snow to the northern part of the region. Precipitation will fall mostly in the form of rain in the south and in the form of snow and sleet in the mountains. Some areas will see heavy precipitation, fog, and rime. There will be black ice on the roads. Winds will gust to 13-18 m/s. There’s an avalanche risk in the mountains of the Krasnodar region and Adygea at an altitude of 2,500 meters and above.
The cyclone will bring a heatwave, and most of the snow will melt away.