Unless you live in Florida, there’s no winter wonderland without at least a tiny bit of snow. Even a couple of inches will do the job as long as it gives you time to take a snowy selfie. And there’s nothing more fun than having the first snowfall of the season, as we all suddenly transform into little kids putting our hectic adult lives on hold.

But on the other side of the world, in Russian Siberia, people ain’t “dreaming of a white Christmas” like Sinatra’s song. You see, in Norilsk, which is the northernmost city of Russia, people face continuous darkness for 45 days each year with temperatures dropping as low as -27.4°F in February.

And now, the city has been drowning in a constant five-day snowfall. The Krasnoyarsk hydrometeorological center reported that there has been a whopping 194% of the monthly precipitation falling in the past week. On top of that, the locals have to deal with icy wind gusts reaching 22-27 meters per second.

The pictures from the Siberian snowland speak for themselves, and as fun as they look, one cannot help but wonder how the locals deal with all this. From digging up their cars to having the road signs swept up by snow, this takes survival skills Bear Grylls would be proud of.

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Perfumista Perfumista
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1 year ago

Camo not working. Hoomin is following me.

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Zophra
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1 year ago

"Do you want a build a snowman?.." No. Get a shovel.

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1 year ago

all houses are now igloos

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Norilsk is situated 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle and is known as a place of brutal extremes. It’s the coldest and one of the darkest places in Russia, since starting from the beginning of December, the locals face the perpetual night of polar winter. The night usually lasts from about November 30 to January 13. Beyond the city, which is populated with around 175,000 people, there’s the uninhabited wilderness of northern Siberia.

Te city is not only famous for its freezing climate, it’s also one of the biggest producers of pollutants, “turning an area twice the size of Rhode Island into a dead zone of lifeless tree trunks, mud, and snow,” according to The New York Times. Norilsk Nickel company is the world’s largest producer of palladium and a major supplier of metals like copper, nickel, etc.

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Margot Porter
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1 year ago

That looks so cool! much better than the New York Christmas tree.

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Caroline
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1 year ago

Gah, this would make me claustrophobic!

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1 year ago

a double vodka over here for me please!

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The New York Times reports that “at one point, the company belched more sulfur dioxide a year than all of France.” As a result, Norilsk’s Daldykan river, which runs the plant, has turned red.Most locals spend their leisure time indoors, especially during the winter season.

The cold gets so severe here that freelance taxis have been a booming business, with locals too cold to walk outside for even short distances. Buses also exist, but waiting outside for one until it arrives may be impossible, so it’s not uncommon to hide in a nearby shop and wait for the bus to come.

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Christina Ostrom
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1 year ago

Epic sledding!

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Enalpria
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1 year ago (edited)

Wow

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Hugh Cookson
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1 year ago

This was on the 4th floor ......

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BoredPanda is awesome
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1 year ago

Call the Knight Bus from Harry Potter. I'm sure it could blow right through that snow

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Christina Ostrom
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1 year ago

Russia is a good place to shop for a coat.

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Andrew Gibb
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1 year ago

not sure that digging it out will help

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Bob Belcher
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1 year ago

When skies would be faster

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Andrew Gibb
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1 year ago

like the cookie dough peeking out of Ben and Jerry's

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1 year ago

that's pretty cool

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Monika Soffronow
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1 year ago

Wow. Seriously.

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Enalpria
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1 year ago

This reminds me of my sister...if she ever experienced this much snowfall, she would play outside 24/7

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Brigs
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1 year ago

I have loads of indoor hobbies, I would be ok :-)

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Megan Curl
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1 year ago

Beautiful shot.

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Diane Johnson
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1 year ago

The street lights are nice!

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1 year ago

Lovely photograph

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Diane Johnson
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1 year ago

Perhaps a herd of reindeer just passed through.

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1 year ago

looks like something out of a movie

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Christina Ostrom
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1 year ago

Where ya headed fella?

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Just another bot
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1 year ago

He's taking a picture, then helping her up. 😆

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Merilyn Horton
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1 year ago

From someone who has never been in snow, I’m flabbergasted.

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Dorothy Parker
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1 year ago

Half snowman, half man=H2Oman

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Novlette Williams
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1 year ago

Wow

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Andrew Gibb
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All that is left of the cars after the weight of snow on them

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Dorothy Parker
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1 year ago

Dead snow whale.

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