While Russians typically use the Maslenitsa holiday to welcome spring, every local knows that the true indicator of impending bathing suit weather is the gradual emergence of the podsnezhniks, or snowdrops.
In fact, podsnezhnik in the local vernacular refers to cars (usually Soviet-era Ladas and Volgas) left by their owners on a roadside through the winter to rot and become buried/encrusted by mud, snow, and ice. Some of the cars make it through winter and will only need a thorough car wash to get going again. Others simply turn into scrap metal (the telltale signs of a true podsnezhnik are flat/missing tires or broken windows, indicating that it has probably been gracing the streetscape as a local landmark for some time now). For your viewing pleasure, some local podsnezhniks:
Welcome back, spring!