"… in the next 1-3 hours, continuing through the night and morning, up until 11:00 [am] January 5, 2017 snow is expected in the Moscow region and in the city of Moscow," the statement says, adding that blizzards and wind gusts with speeds around 12-17 meters per second (27-38 miles per hour) are also expected.
The Russian Emergencies Ministry warns that power lines could be damaged as a result of the weather conditions and transport delays are expected.
Pedestrians are advised to walk at a safe distance from vulnerable buildings and billboards.
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