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Russian weatherman predicts potential problems for Sochi Paralympics

Sep 17, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

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Much has been written about the temperatures expected during February’s Olympics, but the bigger concern is the Paralympics that follow.

The Sochi Paralympics run from March 6-17.

One of Russia’s state agency weathermen said Sochi temperatures in February are expected to be in the normal five degrees Celsius range (41 degrees Farenheit). Of course, it will be colder in the mountains.

But it will be warmer in March, perhaps more so than normal, if you believe weather forecasts six months in advance.

“In March in the Caucasus region we are seeing an anomaly of positive temperatures,” Dmitry Kiktev, deputy director of the state-run Gidromettsentr weather agency, said, according to R-Sport. “There may be a very warm spell for a few days, and if this is accompanied by heavy precipitation in the form of rain, the snow could melt quickly and the snow cannons and reservoirs may be required.”

It’s a good thing, then, that the region is storing a half-million cubic meters of snow from last winter. It may just come in handy.

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