BEIJING, Nov. 13 (Xinhuanet) -- Heavy snowstorms have hit northeast China's Heilongjiang and Jilin provinces. The National Meteorological Center issued a yellow warning for more snowstorms on Monday afternoon. The blizzards have cut off water supplies and forced schools and highways to close.
The sleet has also crushed 23 grid lines in the northeastern regions of Heilongjiang, leading to blackouts in some areas of the province. Hundreds of thousands of households have been affected, and local authorities are busy repairing power lines.
The snowstorms have prompted provincial authorities to issue an orange alert, the second-highest alert level in China’s weather warning system. Traffic authorities in Harbin have warned vehicles could be left stranded with the onset of more snowstorms. In Jilin province, traffic authorities have temporarily imposed traffic control measures on highways, as frozen roads pose a potential security threat.
Heavy snows have also hit eastern Inner Mongolia since Friday, causing the closure of highways, schools and two local airports.