Frequent snowfall expected this winter
This winter, which begins on December 22, will see more frequent snowfall compared to previous years, Ulaanbaatar General Manager T.Gantumur said at a conference of agencies in Ulaanbaatar discussing winter preparation.
Numerous agencies convened to discuss Ulaanbaatar’s preparation for winter and to assess whether supplies such as road salts were sufficient to last the winter. As of today, agencies collectively have a supply of 1,771 tons of road salts and 500 tons of chemicals. In addition, 500 tons of road salts and 900 tons of chemicals have been purchased through Ulaanbaatar Mayor’s Office funding. The 500 tons of road salts have been purchased and stored while 900 tons of chemicals are being imported from Russia, according to city officials.
“A couple of days ago, the weather worsened and 52 outposts were closed as a result of the heavy snowfall,” said T.Gantumur.
The Ulaanbaatar General Manager criticized agencies for being unprepared for the heavy snowfall and reminded the need to stockpile road salts and chemicals in preparation for upcoming winter conditions.
The National Agency Meteorology and the Environmental Monitoring said that beginning in November 1 western regions will experience heavy snowfall, while other regions are expected to experience snowstorms in midNovember. The agency said that temperatures will be on par with average temperatures in December and January. However, the northern and eastern regions will experience more snowfall on average compared to previous years.