China weather update: Heavy snowfall to hit parts of northern China

Heavy snowfall will sweep parts of northern China on Saturday and Sunday, resulting in low temperatures, Chinese media reported citing the National Meteorological Center.

“From Saturday morning to Sunday morning, heavy blizzard snowfall is expected to hit parts of Inner Mongolia, Shanxi, Hebei, Beijing, Tianjin, Liaoning, Shaanxi and Henan,” Xinhua reported.

Some areas will see snow depths of up to 20 centimeters, the official news agency said.

The observatory urged the affected areas to take the necessary precautions in terms of circulation, transport and energy supply.

Meanwhile, China was forced on Friday to close highways and school playgrounds in the capital Beijing due to heavy pollution.

It comes as China ramps up coal production and comes under scrutiny for its environmental record in international climate talks.

The Beijing municipal government issued a yellow alert to severe air pollution that went into effect at 4 p.m. Thursday, Xinhua News Agency reported. Under the country’s air pollution alert system, red is the most severe alert. Then come orange, yellow and blue.

According to the city’s weather authorities, adverse weather conditions are responsible for the smog that blankets Beijing and neighboring areas from Wednesday to Saturday.


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