WEATHER

Snow clears smog but brings travel chaos to China

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 January, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 21 January, 2013, 10:55am
 

Snowfall that swept across northern China over the weekend helped ease pollution that had choked parts of the country last week, but concerns about air quality were replaced with travel woes caused by snow and ice in several regions.

Beijing Capital International Airport said on its website that nearly 100 domestic and 16 international flights were cancelled or delayed yesterday. And more than 40 sections of highway in northern China were closed because of icy conditions.

Xinhua reported that the snow was likely to continue today in several regions, with heavy snowfall forecast in northern Shandong province. Light snow is expected in eastern Tibet, the northern parts of western Sichuan , central and eastern Shaanxi , central and eastern Inner Mongolia and the central and northern parts of the Yellow and Huai rivers, according to the China Meteorological Administration. Authorities urged people to prepare for further chaos.

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