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Heavy Snowfall Grounds Flights at Moscow Airports

A heavy snowfall has grounded dozens of flights at Moscow's two main airports, Sheremetyevo and Domodedovo, a news report said Sunday.

Some 30 flights that were scheduled to depart from Sheremetyevo had been delayed on Sunday evening, while another five flights have been canceled, the Interfax news agency reported.

At Domodedovo, 13 flights were delayed, while 11 more have been canceled, the report said.

No delays or flight cancelations were reported at Vnukovo Airport, Interfax said.

Passengers of a number of airliners that had arrived at Sheremetyevo by Sunday night were told to remain inside the planes for up to two hours after landing, with airport workers citing the need to apply anti-icing solutions to the planes' fuselages, the report said.

From Sunday night through to Monday morning, 9 millimeters of precipitation fell, which is 15.5 percent of the monthly norm, Interfax reported Monday, citing the VDNKh weather station.

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