Snow Blankets China, Shutting Highways

by | Dec 15, 2023 | Climate Crisis, Environmental News

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The Chinese are grappling with widespread challenges as Snow blankets China, leading to highway closures and traffic control implementation across multiple provinces. The plummeting temperatures, reaching as low as minus 40 degrees Celsius (minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit), have prompted authorities to take precautionary measures as a cold wave sweeps through the country.

Due to freezing temperatures, Chinese authorities have restricted traffic flows on highways in several provinces following collisions on icy patches. The affected regions include Heilongjiang in the northeast, Xinjiang in the west, Inner Mongolia, and the provinces of Gansu and Qinghai. The situation is exacerbated by the expectation of temperatures dropping even lower over the weekend despite forecasts predicting a decrease in rain and snow.

Snow blankets China

Accidents and Traffic Controls in Henan

In Henan province, heavy snowfall, icy roads, and dense fog have led to multiple expressway accidents. As a result, traffic controls have been implemented to ensure road safety. This situation exemplifies the broader issue of challenging weather conditions as snow blankets China, prompting authorities to take precautionary measures across various provinces.

Ningxia province has also witnessed unsafe highway conditions due to snow, prompting temporary traffic measures. Meanwhile, ferries and some buses in Shanghai were temporarily suspended as the city issued its first cold wave warning of the year. Cold air from the north is expected to reduce temperatures to as low as minus 6 degrees Celsius over the weekend.

In the southwest, sections of national and provincial highways in Tibetan cities like Shigatse and Nyingchi have been blocked due to snow, ice, and low visibility. Local authorities have mobilized resources, including personnel and snow-melting agents, to address the challenges of heavy snowfall.

Despite the challenges, China lifted its blizzard warning on Friday, but heavy snowfall is still expected in northeastern Liaoning and Jilin provinces and Shandong. In Shenyang City, Liaoning province, authorities have deployed thousands of workers and machines for snow removal operations, clearing significant volumes of snow.

Future Forecasts and Precautionary Measures

The national forecaster anticipates a decrease in the scope and intensity of freezing rain on Friday, but some higher terrains in Guizhou and Hunan may still experience these conditions. The situation underscores the importance of ongoing safety measures and preparedness as China faces challenging weather conditions in various regions. Authorities continue to monitor the evolving weather patterns to ensure the well-being of citizens and the smooth functioning of transportation systems.

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