China extends alert against cold wave, heavy snow

10:54, January 03, 2010      

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China extends alert against cold wave, heavy snow
China's Central Meteorological Station (CMS) on Sunday morning extended the warning against strong cold wave, snowstorm and heavy fog by issuing another orange alert.

Pedestrians walk across a road in snow in Beijing, China, Jan. 3, 2010. Heavy snow hit Beijing on Sunday, closing expressways, delaying flights and disrupting bus services. (Xinhua/Chen Shugen)

Affected by the strong cold snap, temperature was to fall by 8 to 12 degrees Celsius in central and western Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, eastern parts of northwest China, north China, Guizhou and Chongqing from Sunday to Monday, according to the CMS.

Soldiers of the Armed Police Force clean the snow on the street in Beijing, China, Jan. 3, 2010. (Xinhua/Tang Shizeng)

Temperature in central and western Inner Mongolia, northern parts of Shanxi and Shaanxi provinces might plunge by 14 to 16 degrees Celsius, or 16 to 18 degrees Celsius in some of these regions, it said.

Central Inner Mongolia, central and northern Hebei, Beijing, Tianjin, southern tip of Liaodong Peninsula and northern part of Shandong Peninsula would expect heavy snow Sunday while some regions in Tianjin and Hebei would experience snowstorms, the CMS forecast.

Tourists pay a visit to the Ancient Cultural Street in snow, in Tianjin, north China, Jan. 3, 2010. A heavy snowfall hit Tianjin on Saturday night. The local observatory has issued orange warning signal of heavy snow. (Xinhua Photo)

Heavy fog was expected in Sichuan, Chongqing, Yunnan and other areas.

Pedestrians walk in the street during a snowfall in Shijiazhuang, capital city of north China's Hebei Province, Jan. 3, 2010.(Xinhua/Gong Zhihong)

The CMS Saturday issued an orange alert against cold wave, warning that most areas in north, central and east China would suffer temperature drops ranging from 8 to 12 degrees Celsius.

Source: Xinhua
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