Blizzard Whips Drifts Up to Nearly 10 Feet High in Russia's Sakhalin Island

Pam Wright
Published: January 11, 2018

A snowdrift towers over a woman and her car.

A blizzard slammed the Russian island of Sakhalin this week, leaving behind snow drifts that piled up to nearly 10 feet high.

Photos and videos posted on social media show people dwarfed by the massive snow drifts on the northeastern island that is home to nearly half a million people.

Heavy snowfall is nothing new to Russia's largest island, which averages 140 snowy days per year, according to 

"Sakhalin Island is pounded by heavy snowfall from low-pressure systems that affect the area in winter," said meteorologist Chris Dolce. "In addition, similar to the west coast of Japan, the island can receive sea-effect snowfall at times."

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