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First Snowstorm of 2021 Blankets Moscow in Real Russian Winter

A "Balkan cyclone" arrived in Moscow early Thursday, bringing the first heavy snowfall of the season and nearly paralyzing the city's traffic.

The flurries are expected to be replaced by temperatures as low as minus 25 degrees Celsius, bringing a quintessential Russian winter to the capital after the warm winters of recent years.

Here is a closer look at the winter wonderland (or someone's worst nightmare) that was Moscow on Thursday: