Winter has arrived in China. Snow caused transport disruptions and schools were closed in the city of Zhengzhou. On Tuesday, warnings related to heavy rainfall, blizzards and frost were in force across most of the country. In Beijing this week, the temperature may drop to -20 degrees Celsius.
Heavy snowfall occurred in the northern and eastern regions of China. A red alert was issued for blizzard conditions in Zhengzhou, the capital of Henan Province in the east of the country, on Monday.
Crowds of people were stranded at the city’s train station as nearly 200 connections were canceled. Some roads and schools were also closed, state broadcaster CCTV reported.
Canceled flights, delayed trains in Beijing
The first snow fell on Monday in Beijing. Due to difficult weather conditions, some buses did not hit the streets, and some flights were canceled at the capital airport. Speed restrictions have been imposed on railway lines connecting Beijing and Guangzhou in southern China, causing train delays.
On Tuesday, most of the country had warnings of heavy snowfall, blizzards and frost.
Even 20 degrees of frost possible
More snowfall is expected in Beijing this week, and temperatures may drop to as low as -20 degrees Celsius. The last time there was a similar frost there was on January 7, 2021, when the thermometers showed -19.6 degrees C. Usually in mid-December the temperature there reaches about -8 degrees C. However, the lowest temperature ever recorded in the capital of China was -27.4 st. C on February 22, 1966
Forecasters predict frost this weekend even in southern China. In Shanghai, the temperature can drop to -4 degrees Celsius. These values are rare at this time of year in that part of the country.
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