Muscovites in for a Harsh Winter as Temperatures Set to Plunge

Severe frosts are expected to hit the country in January and February.

After several years of relatively mild winters, Russia is gearing up for what meteorologists say will be a truly "Russian winter," with its traditional frosts and ample snowfall.

"Our estimations show that this year's winter will be closer to our long-term average," Alexander Frolov, head of the Federal Agency for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring, said in comments to Interfax.

"Our long-term average corresponds to a cold winter. We've had milder winters in the past few years. This year's will be closer to a 'Russian' winter."

Severe frosts are expected to hit the country in January and February, according to the agency. Large fluctuations in temperatures and a high quantity of precipitation are also anticipated.

Moscow's first snowfall is expected Friday, when forecasters say the mercury will drop to around 4 degrees Celsius.

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