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Cold wave again brings snow to Yushan

2017/12/09 12:12:39

Photo courtesy of Central Weather Bureau

Taipei, Dec. 9 (CNA) Snow fell on Taiwan's tallest peak Yushan again Saturday morning as a continental cold air mass brought temperatures down to below freezing on the 3,952-meter mountain, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.

The mercury fell to 2.8 degrees below zero Celsius on Yushan at 4 a.m., before dropping further to 3 degrees below zero at 4:57 a.m., the bureau said.

A total accumulation of 1 centimeter of snow was recorded between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m., it added.

Yushan saw its first snowfall this winter season on Dec. 6, when 0.5 cm of snow was recorded.

(Photo courtesy of CWB)

(Photo courtesy of CWB)

The cold wave, meanwhile, sent temperatures down to new lows for this winter in various flatland areas during the early hours of Saturday, with 12.5 degrees recorded in Taichung, 12.6 degrees in Chiayi, 13.6 degrees in Taipei, and 15-16 degrees in Hualien and Taitung, CWB data showed.

Lows of 9.5 degree and 10.7 degrees were recorded on the offshore islands of Matsu and Kinmen, respectively, according to the bureau.

Temperatures are expected to rise slightly during the daytime Saturday as moisture decreases, with highs of 17-19 degrees forecast in northern Taiwan, 22-24 degrees in central and southern parts of the island, and 21-23 degrees in Hualien and Taitung in the east, the bureau said.

(Photo courtesy of CWB)

(Photo courtesy of CWB)

(By Wang Shu-fen and Y.F. Low)