January 21, 2013. A series of cyclones, which are shifted from the south of Europe in the middle latitudes of the European part of Russia, contributed to the spread of Mediterranean heat waves to the Southern District. For five days in the region has experienced very warm weather, with the excess of the norm by 9-12 degrees.
According to the Southern Management Hydrometeorology, in the Krasnodar region on Epiphany, January 18-19, temperature reached +16 … +18 degrees. In the capital Kuban January 18 is set daily maximum temperature (15.1). Another temperature record was recorded in Stavropol January 20 (+8.0).
Powerful warming was accompanied by complex precipitation, including rain, rain with sleet and glaze-izmorzevye deposits. In particular, the morning of January 21 in Krasnaya Polyana noted wet snow on trees and wires with a diameter up to 55 mm. In some areas of the county there was a dense fog.
Wet and very warm weather greatly complicated the avalanche situation. Experts' South-weather "warning of high avalanche danger in the mountains above Sochi 1500 m