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24 Jan 2017 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

A sharp cold snap (Cyclone Axel) hit Belarus on 5 January 2017, with heavy snowfalls accompanied by frost and strong winds. Temperatures dropped down to 25‐29 degrees Celsius below zero, and in some places even to minus 31‐34 Celsius degrees.
The country's meteorological service issued an orange weather warning. Invasion of cold arctic air masses from the north of European Russia followed on 6 January.