For the first half of the week, light rain and snow showers prevailed with temperatures averaging up to 5°C above normal.
During this period, snow cover (2-10 cm) was
confined to northern-most growing areas and to southern
portions of the Southern District.
By week’s end, however,
below-normal temperatures accompanied a developing
storm system, resulting in widespread snowfall (5-30 mm
liquid equivalent) from Ukraine into central Russia, with
lesser snow accumulations closer to the Black Sea Coast.
The late week snow provided beneficial insulation (snow
pack of 5-15 cm, locally more than 25 cm) to dormant
winter crops across much of the region.