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Airport, highways closed in NE China blizzard


10:17, March 01, 2013

SHENYANG, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) -- An airport and several highways have closed after heavy snow hit northeast China's Liaoning Province on Thursday morning.

The Taoxian International Airport in the provincial capital city of Shenyang shut at 12:40 p.m. and is expected to be closed until 9 p.m., according to the provincial transport department.

Part of six highways in the province are also closed, according to the department.

Snowfall is expected to last for three days, which will lower temperatures by 8 to 10 degrees Celsius, according to the Shenyang municipal central meteorological observatory.

The blizzard is also hitting neighboring Jilin and Heilongjiang provinces and Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, according to the National Meteorological Center.

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