Winter cold came suddenly to Eastern Europe this year. Belarus has been entirely sub-zero by day and at night since November 21.
This season has not seen the beautiful frosty nights and sunny days of a deep winter, but has been often overcast with occasional snow flurries, although nothing of any significance until this Sunday.
In Minsk, the capital, an average November would see 3 degrees Celsius by day and -1C by night. For the whole month, the figures come out at nearer 2C by day and -2C by night. A variation from the average by that amount is significant