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First snow in Taiwan this winter falls on Jade Mountain

2019/01/21 12:46:37

Taipei, Jan. 21 (CNA) The first snow of the winter season in Taiwan fell on Jade Mountain Monday morning with the arrival of a strong continental cold air mass, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said.

With the low temperatures and high levels of moisture brought by the cold air mass, snow began falling on Jade Mountain at 10:20 a.m. and accumulated to 0.7 centimeters within 25 minutes, CWB's senior technical specialist Wu Wan-hua (伍婉華) said.

Not since 2008 has the winter's first snowfall been delayed so late in Taiwan. That year, the first snow of the season fell Jan. 17 on Jade Mountain, which stands 3,952 meters above sea level, the CWB said.

Meanwhile, as the strong cold air mass moves over Taiwan, temperatures can be expected to dip Monday to 14-15 degrees Celsius in the northern half of the country and 16-18 degrees in other areas, the bureau said.

Daytime highs will be 17 degrees in northern Taiwan and 19-22 degrees the central, southern and eastern areas of the country, the CWB said.

Intermittent rain can also be expected throughout the country, according to the CWB.

(By Chen Wei-ting and Evelyn Kao)