Blizzard Shuts Down Parts of China


Snow has covered provinces in northeast China since Saturday, affecting traffic and closing expressways in the region.

The National Meteorological Center issued a yellow alert for a blizzard at 06:00 on Sunday, forecasting heavy snow in Heilongjiang and Jilin provinces.

Snow started to fall on Saturday night and continued into Sunday in Heilongjiang's provincial capital Harbin. The Heilongjiang meteorological department issued a blue alert for a blizzard on Sunday morning as the average precipitation is expected to reach five to eight millimeters.

While the snow forced the closure of three provincial expressways, it has not affected flights at Harbin Taiping International Airport as they have all been able to take off and land as normal.

About 500 snowplows and 10,000 cleaners have been dispatched to clear the snow.

The blizzard is expected to stop on Sunday night and heavy snow is expected to fall in many parts of the province on Monday.

Snow also fell in the city of Jiamusi on Saturday night, resulting in closure of the Jiamusi-Hegang Expressway. Snow removal remains crucial as the weather department has forecast heavy snow in the coming 12 hours.

Snow and low temperatures in Changchun, the capital of Jilin Province, froze the road and caused 90 percent of its expressways to close. Street cleaners worked overnight to clear the snow to ensure traffic safety.

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