All airports have been closed in Sakhalin, and sea ferry traffic on the Vanino-Kholmsk route has been ceased because of a snow cyclone. According to the Far Eastern Regional centre of the Emergencies Ministry, the snow blanket has almost 50 cm increased over the past 24 hours, while the temperature fell to -18-20 degrees Celsius. The heavy snow and gusty wind have caused several avalanches. Snow-removal vehicles are operating in the islands' main roads and the streets of Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk. All-terrain vehicles deliver food to Sakhalin's towns and villages.