Local authorities said they are ready for a harsh winter and have made ensured there are sufficient gritters and snowploughs to avoid a repeat of two years ago when heavy snowfall caused large swathes of the country to grind to a halt.
MINUS 20C? Britain faces coldest winter for 100 years as Big Freeze follows floods with wind so strong it blows water upwards - with photos and video ~ link ~ Britain will shiver tonight as
temperatures plummet in the first taste of what promises to be one of
our coldest winters for a century.
Moscow records heaviest November snow for 50 years ~ link ~ Officials in the Russian capital have called in 12,000 snow-removal vehicles to help combat the effects of the snow on the city's transport system but, in spite of lengthy efforts to minimise disruption, traffic jams have been reported to stretch back several kilometres on Moscow's roads.
Moscow gets heaviest November snowfall in 50 years - video ~ link
Record-breaking snowfall in Moscow disrupts flights, wreaks havoc on roads ~ link
Snowfall paralyzes life in China - photos ~ link
Severe Snow Storm Hits Northern Japan - video ~ link
41,000 Hokkaido Japan homes lose power due to massive winter storm ~ link ~ Strong winds and blizzard conditions knocked out electricity for around 41,000 households in southern Hokkaido early Tuesday as a large low-pressure system hit the area, Hokkaido Electric Power Co. and the Meteorological Agency said.