‘It’s warmer in the fridge’: Cold snap freezes China, leading to snowfall, accidents and school closures

‘It’s warmer in the fridge’: Cold snap freezes China, leading to snowfall, accidents and school closures

It pushed the cold spell down Low temperatures across most of China, forcing schools and roads to close in several provinces and disrupting rail services.
President Xi Jinping has given instructions on improving precautions for the disease Very coldIt called on local governments to ensure the safety of roads, heating and energy systems, and to prepare for this Potential disastersChina’s official news agency (Xinhua) reported on Friday.

The National Meteorological Center on Saturday issued its first yellow low-temperature alert this year — the least severe in China’s two-level warning system for cold weather.

Northern China is on alert in anticipation of an onslaught of snow and record low temperatures

The center said that from Saturday morning to Sunday morning, temperatures are expected to drop by 6 to 10 degrees Celsius in parts of the northeastern provinces of Liaoning and Jilin, as well as the southern province of Guizhou and other areas south of the Yangtze River. Temperatures may drop in some areas by more than 12 degrees Celsius.

She said that daily low or average temperatures in some parts of northern China will approach or Breaking records for the same period.

The center advised the authorities to remove ice-covered roads, protect crops, and prevent malfunctions in heating systems.

Road accidents and other accidents were reported in northern China, where the cold wave first hit on Wednesday, and schools in several regions, including Beijing and Henan province, remained closed on Friday.

On Friday, a power line failure in the central province of Shanxi led to a power outage across the province.

The authorities in Liaocheng, eastern Shandong province, have prepared nearly 300,000 tents, cotton clothes and quilts as relief supplies for those affected by the low temperatures.

The Beijing Daily said temperatures in the city could drop below minus 14 degrees Celsius (57 degrees Fahrenheit), with a rise to about minus 5 degrees Celsius from Saturday to Thursday.

Some train services to and from Beijing were suspended on Saturday.

A total of 515 people were subsequently sent to hospitals Separate train cars On a crowded commuter line in the Chinese capital on Thursday evening.

Beijing authorities said on Friday that a preliminary investigation into the accident concluded that the train made an emergency stop after “lowering the signal,” but the sloping terrain caused the carriages to slide on the icy tracks and collide. The city’s Changping Line, where the accident occurred, resumed service on Saturday.

As of 6 a.m. on Saturday, 308 sections of roads across the country were closed due to snow and icy roads, with 201 highways completely closed, the state-run China Broadcasting Corporation (CCTV) said.

Poor road conditions led to increased traffic on the subway network in Shijiazhuang on Thursday. Authorities in the capital of Hebei Province said on Friday that buses and subways in the city will be free for half a month to encourage passengers to use public transportation in cold weather.

Areas south of the Yangtze River, which have seen less snowfall in recent years, were also affected by the cold wave. Some cities, including Wuhan and Nanjing, saw their first snowfall this winter.

387 electrical repair companies in Shanghai were on standby to help residents whose air conditioner heating mode had malfunctioned, online news outlet The Paper reported on Saturday.

Police in the eastern capital launched an operation to rescue the homeless.

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The eastern coastal province of Zhejiang issued an emergency notice on Friday, advising residents to spend less time outdoors over the weekend. The province’s 128 shipping routes were suspended due to the cold wave.

In southern Guangdong Province, 29 passenger ferry routes have also been suspended.

Qinghai, a northwestern province close to Tibet, has also launched a cold wave contingency plan.

According to the Meteorological Center, snow is expected to subside in northern China as of Friday, but rain, snow and lower temperatures are expected across central, eastern and southern China.

“I’m waiting for the cold snap in a T-shirt and shorts,” one social media user said of the sudden drop in temperatures in southern Guangdong province.

Another joked: “I’m in the Northeast and it’s warmer in the fridge than outside.”

Another Weibo user said: “No matter what warnings you give, I just want to go out and see the snow!”

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