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Traffic disrupted and schools closed as snowstorms hit


09:51, November 13, 2012

More cold weather forecast this week for Northeast China, Xinjiang

Snowstorms hit Northeast China over the weekend, covering cities in knee-deep snow, interrupting traffic with icy roads and gales, and cutting off power and water supplies.

Although the National Meteorological Center downgraded the alert from orange to yellow, heavy snow is likely to continue, as forecasts on Monday show another cold snap heading to eastern parts of the country.

The new round of temperature drops and snowfall may hit Northeast China and the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region this week, the center said.

Frequent cold-air movements are not a good sign for the hardest-hit areas, such as Hegang in Heilongjiang province and Siping in Jilin province.

Thousands of homes lost power and water supplies on Monday morning in Hegang, while schools and kindergartens were closed with no indication as to when they will reopen.

Liu Xiaoyu, a 30-year-old civil servant, said the water supply had not been restored as of Monday afternoon, and the roads were covered with snow and public transport was disrupted.

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