Early snow

Bei­jing sees snow a week ear­lier than av­er­age as big chill hits

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By DU­JUAN du­juan@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Bei­jing will see heavy snow at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son’s cold­est week so far, start­ing on Mon­day, me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal au­thor­i­ties said.

Light rain that be­gan on Sun­day morn­ing in Bei­jing is ex­pected to be­come a blizzard on Mon­day and Tues­day.

Huang Shu yin, se­nior en­gi­neer at Bei­jing Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vice, pre­dicted the cap­i­tal will see heavy snow on Sun­day night and Mon­day morn­ing.

Pre­cip­i­ta­tion is fore­cast to reach 8-10 mil­lime­ters. The city’s cen­tral and south­ern parts will see more snow than other ar­eas.

On av­er­age, the first snow ar­rives in Bei­jing on Nov 29. This year, it’s a week ear­lier. Ac­cord­ing to his­tor­i­cal data, the ear­li­est snow on record ar­rived on Oct 31, 1987, while the lat­est was on Feb 11, 1984.

The high tem­per­a­ture for Mon­day is fore­cast at -1 C, which will start off the cold­est week in Bei­jing in the past 30 years.

Tem­per­a­tures will grad­u­ally warm up af­ter Thurs­day, fore­cast­ers said.

Brac­ing for the com­ing blizzard, au­thor­i­ties have taken mea­sures to re­duce in­con­ve­nience as much as pos­si­ble for the pub­lic.

The emer­gency re­sponse plan will be ac­ti­vated to clean snow from streets promptly. If it snows overnight, the main roads should be cleaned be­fore 10 am the next morn­ing.

The city’s trans­porta­tion unit has set up 16 head­quar­ters to man­age 12,000 peo­ple for res­cue op­er­a­tions. If the snow re­sults in rail­way and flight de­lays, au­thor­i­ties will or­ga­nize buses, sub­ways and taxis to help pas­sen­gers change their plans where pos­si­ble, rather than hav­ing peo­ple wait­ing in­def­i­nitely at rail­way sta­tions or air­ports.

Bei­jing Cap­i­tal In­ter­na­tional Air­port ad­vised pas­sen­gers to dou­ble-check their flights with air­lines in ad­vance. The pub­lic has been ad­vised to stay in­doors and warned to take pro­tec­tive and emer­gency mea­sures against snow and frost.

The road man­age­ment depart­ment pre­pared de-ic­ing fluid and anti-slip ma­te­ri­als for roads and bridges be­tween Satur­day and Mon­day.

A sharp drop in tem­per­a­ture is ex­pected across the whole coun­try in the com­ing days as a broad cold front passes, the Na­tional Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Cen­ter said on Sun­day.

From Mon­day to Thurs­day, tem­per­a­tures in most parts of cen­tral and eastern China will drop by 6 C to 10 C, ac­cord­ing to the cen­ter.

In ad­di­tion to Bei­jing, some parts of In­ner Mon­go­lia, Tian­jin and He­bei will get heavy snow be­tween 8 am on Sun­day and Mon­day morn­ing, it said.

China has a four-tier color code for se­vere weather, with red be­ing the most se­ri­ous, fol­lowed by or­ange, yel­low and blue. The cen­ter is­sued a blue blizzard alert and a yel­low cold wave warn­ing at 6 am on Sun­day.

LIN HUI / FOR CHINA DAILY

San­i­ta­tion work­ers fine-tune a road-clear­ing ma­chine on Sun­day to pre­pare for snow in Bei­jing.

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