The Russian city of Petrozavodsk was hit by cyclone Daniella today, which resulted in very heavy snowfalls. In a matter of just a few hours, the city was drowning in snow. Sometimes the snow drifts were as high as 1.5 meters tall. Petrozavodsk is a city with a population of 300,000, and is the capital of the Karelia region bordering Finland and Norway. It’s not a small city, so in an instant, the traffic got stuck. Huge city trolleybuses – electric powered buses – are not meant to go through thick layers of snow on the city streets so they began stopping and blocking the way for others. Let’s see how it was thanks to local photographer Igor P.:
The local authorities went onto the streets too, armed with shovels as an example of self help in an urgent situation. This guy with a shovel is a Karelian governor and is clearing snow next to one of the city’s maternity hospitals.
People were rather frustrated, the temperature outside is -14 and they had to wait at bus stops for hours as trolleybuses and buses were stuck on the roads.
Hope you liked this story! And big thanks to Igor P. for his photos, his website is below: