Edition: English | 中文简体 | 中文繁体 Монгол
Homepage > China Video

Northern region braced for first major cold snap


11-20-2016 03:57 BJT

The first major freeze of the winter in China is expected to bite over the coming days. Meteorologists say the northern region should expect strong winds and bitter cold temperatures, while the capital, Beijing will also endure a good dusting of snow.

A strong cold front is sweeping across most of China, bearing strong winds, low temperatures, and heavy snow.

Temperatures are expected to fall dramatically, with some regions seeing drops of more than 10 degrees Celsius.

A huge snowfall in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has forced the closure of multiple expressways, while many public transport systems have been stalled.

In the region's capital, Urumqi, more than 300 snow removal vehicles and thousands of sanitation workers are busy trying to normalise services.

"We have 33 main streets, and more than 50 subsidiary roads in this district. We have to cover them all," said Zhang Xiaojiang, snow-cleaner in Urumqi.

In the region's Altay Prefecture, authorities rescued more than 280 people who were left stranded by a 72-hour snow storm.

Meanwhile, authorities warn that some regions in the northeast China may see up to 30 centimeters of snow.

Areas along the banks of the Yellow and Huaihe rivers, as well as Beijing, will possibly see their first snowfalls this winter.

The region has been shrouded in smog since Wednesday, so the cold snap may actually be welcomed by many as it helps to clear the air.

Many would prefer to tolerate the freezing cold temperatures than suffer through more hazardous pollution.

Follow us on

  • Please scan the QR Code to follow us on Instagram

  • Please scan the QR Code to follow us on Wechat