Rare heavy snow disrupts pre-holiday travel rush in China

Published on : Monday, February 1, 2016

heavy snow disruptsDisrupting a pre-holiday travel rush which involves millions of people in China, rare heavy snow hit several central and eastern Chinese provinces on Sunday.

Central China’s Hubei Province was under heavy snow which forced the closure of a pivotal airport in its capital, Wuhan, as well caused trains to be delayed and a standstill on expressways, the local government said.

The Tianhe Airport in Wuhan was closed at midday. Sixteen departing flights were cancelled, while 18 incoming flights were forced to land in the neighbouring cities of Nanchang or Changsha. At least 2,000 passengers were stranded at the airport.

The railway network was also under heavy pressure, as large crowds of passengers, frustrated by flight cancellations and road blocks, flocked to train stations.

The weather bureau in Wuhan said the snow would last in most parts of the province until Tuesday.

In eastern China’s Jiangxi Province, snowy weather caused serious congestions on inter-provincial expressways.

The provincial weather bureau has forecast snow in six cities and a temperature drop of three to five degrees Celsius.

Snow also hit at least 12 cities in eastern China’s Jiangsu Province on Sunday.
Snow or sleet also hit the provinces of Henan and Anhui, while rain soaked southern Guangdong, Fujian, Jiangxi and Yunnan provinces as well as Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, according to the National Meteorological Centre.

The bad weather has played a spoil sport for the early birds who have embarked on their once-a-year Spring Festival or Luna New Year travel for home. This year the new year falls on Feb 8.

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