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Snow disrupts school, transportation

By Cang Wei and Wang Hongyi (China Daily)

09:16, February 20, 2013

Snow provides an unexpected opportunity for some tourists to unleash their artistic talent on the Bund in Shanghai on Tuesday. (China Daily/ Lai Xinlin)

Heavy snowfall might be a nightmare for travelers, but for children, it could be a different story.

Many students in East China's Jiangsu province had the start of their new semester postponed for up to two days because of the snow.

Education authorities in the provincial capital of Nanjing announced on Tuesday that the starting day was postponed to Thursday from the scheduled Tuesday.

Some other cities in the province, such as Wuxi, Zhenjiang and Yangzhou, delayed the registrations of primary and middle school students until Wednesday.

The prolonged holiday was due to a sudden snowfall that blanketed the province starting late Monday night as a cold front moved in from the north.

According to the provincial meteorological center, it was Nanjing's biggest snowfall since 2008.

By 3 am on Tuesday, more than 30,000 people were organized to sweep the city's main roads by the local government.

In the coming two days, no more snow is expected, but frost might continue causing trouble for commuters, and temperatures will drop by 8 C in most parts of Jiangsu, according to the provincial meteorological center.

While giving students extra days off, the snow disrupted many travelers' plans.

Nanjing Lukou International Airport was closed on Monday night, and it issued its highest-level emergency warning at 4:15 am on Tuesday because of the snow.

The airport reopened at 9:20 am thanks to improved weather conditions and staff efforts to clean the taxiway.

As of 2 pm, 49 flights at the airport were delayed on Tuesday, and 36 flights heading to the city were postponed, according to the airport.

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