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PYATIGORSK, January 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Eight federal and regional highways were closed in southern Russia’s Stavropol territory over bad weather. Traffic on highways is impossible over heavy snowfall, strong winds and low visibility.
“Restriction is in effect on Caucasus federal highway from Nevinnomyssk to Mineralnye Vody and the road leading to the city of Stavropol, on Astrakhan-Elista-Stavropol federal highway and from 458th to 473rd kilometer in the Ipatovsky district,” the road police noted.
“Heavy snow and strong side winds do not allow snowploughs to clear the roadway timely. This may trigger road accidents and traffic jams on the roads,” the road police warned.
Warm-up stations were opened on Stavropol roads, rescuers were put on duty at especially hard traffic sections of the roads. The fire service has dispatched four off-road vehicles Nefaz, mobile warm-up stations are placed on Nevinnomyssk-Kursavka and Kursavka-Mineralnye Vody road, on Elista-Stavropol highway, Neftekumsk-Zelenokumsk highway and on Neftekumsk-Blagodarny highway. Mobile warm-up stations are provided with medical kits, hot tea, warm blankets and dry food rations.
Stavropol weather forecasting center reported that due to the cold Arctic anticyclone moving southwards heavy snowfall, snow blizzard and eastern winds of 18-23 meters per second are forecast in the territory for the next few days. On January 30-31, frosts will get stronger to minus 20 degrees Celsius and to minus 25 degrees Celsius at some places in Stavropol Territory. Ice slick and snow drifts are reported on the roads.