China extends winter snow, fog alerts

10:45, January 04, 2010      

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China extends winter snow, fog alerts


China's Central Meteorological Station extended its cold front advisory on Sunday, predicting more snow and heavy fog.

Northern parts of the country, including Beijing and Tianjin municipalities, as well as Hebei Province, have been hit especially hard. Primary and middle schools in all three areas have been closed.

Snow blanketed roads in Beijing and the temperature was expected to reach lows of minus 10 degrees Celsius.

After the snowfall on Sunday, the temperature will plummet by 7 to 8 degrees, to minus 16 degree Celsius in the next three days, the lowest since the 1980s.

Hundreds of outbound flights have been delayed at the Beijing Capital International Airport, and 86 flights have been canceled. Only one of the three runways remains open.

The Beijing municipal Traffic Management Bureau said that expressways linking Beijing to neighboring Hebei Province and Tianjin are closed.

Sixty bus routes are also affected, including service suspensions on 47 routes to rural areas. Nearly 1,000 workers and some 200 snow-clearing vehicles are working to ensure that traffic on all of the city's main thoroughfares can get through.

In Tianjin, meanwhile, heavy snow and strong winds paralyzed city traffic throughout the day, despite the best efforts of road crews. Hebei Province also saw its first snow of the new year.

Source: CCTV. com
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