Beijing to embrace first snow, end to longest winter drought in 60 years

08:18, February 10, 2011      

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Beijing will embrace its first snow this winter during the coming 24 hours, which arrives as the latest snowfall in 60 years, China's meteorological authority forecast Wednesday.

Beijng has had no precipitation for 108 days, as of Wednesday, making this winter the longest snow-free season on record in the past 60 years, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) said in a statement on its website.

Affected by a cold front moving eastward, light snow is forecast throughout the entire city during Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Most parts of the city will have snowfall of one to two millimeters.

The NMC also said rain and snow will continue in the country's central regions during the next 24 hours. Light to moderate snow or sleet will sweep parts of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, Heilongjiang province, Shaanxi province and regions along the Yangtze and Huaihe rivers.

Moderate to heavy snow is also forecast in parts of Henan, Anhui and Jiangsu provinces.

Source: Xinhua
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