September 23rd, 2013, was a remarkable day in the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia, Russia’s Siberia. It was the day when people woke up and saw the first snow on the ground and trees. Awesome! Winter almost arrived! Reportedly, it was snowing in Nerungri & Aldan (South Yakutia), Lensk & Mirny (West Yakutia), Olenek (North Yakutia). Almost everywhere, apart from Central Yakutia with Yakutsk. See more photos!

Near Yakutsk ice on the Lena River is already passing, reached the settlement of Kangalassy in the North, and everything was fine in Lensk in South Yakutia. Ice float on the Lena River is like a big event in Yakutia, Russia’s Siberian & Far-Eastern Republic. People are happy about it and worry at the same time. Happy as it means the spring culmination, the start of constant warm weather and a good reason to go out for shashlik (Russian BBQ), gather snowdrops and admire the beauty of ice…