The 1-st of Jan is not the most crowded day. And it's rather clear: they have to recover after exausting celebrations.
There is not just much snow this time but terribly much! Frankly, our Mayor had promised to shoot it down (snow or clouds) even on distant approaches to the city, but apparently something has happened with all the Mayor's men or may be guns.
There were moments when many of us desired to cry to him: "Shoot, Yuriy Mikhalych, it's already fucking snowing!"
In the mountains or in the forest - that's quite another story - I love snow! This winter in Moscow I could frankly confess that snow has satisfied me badly! )) So best regards to St Petersburg in this connection!