For the last two days, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk has been holding out against a fierce snowstorm which came in from the north. Some roads disappeared completely, more were made impassable, and even the main road from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to the port of Korsakov was closed, along with the airport. About two feet of snow fell in a couple of days, and the drifts in some places were a few metres deep. Visibility was appalling, which did nothing to influence the driving style of the locals, hence there were a load of crashes and a few of them got killed (including, sadly, the brother of one of our accounting staff). Snowploughs, graders, and bulldozers fought to keep the roads clear and succeeded, as evidenced by the enormous snow mountains which now stand at each corner and at the back of every car park.
But by this morning the storm had passed, the snow had finally stopped, and the sun was out in style. These pictures were taken this morning from each side of our apartment.
I would normally be out this morning taking more pictures of the snow, but I have a heavy cold and I am trying to recover in time for the celebrations tomorrow night. Hopefully I’ll be able to get some good shots in the New Year.