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First snow of the year falls in central Taiwan

2010/12/16 19:46:45

Taipei, Dec. 16 (CNA) Taiwan saw its first snowfall of the yearThursday at Siyuan Yakou in the central region, where the ChungyangMountain Range joins the Xueshan Range.

Snow began falling around 2 a.m. Thursday and by 4 p.m. three tosix centimeters had accumulated in the 1,948-meter mountain pass,said Jungle Chen, Dulishan branch chief of the Directorate General ofHighways (DGH).

"We started traffic control early so there are not manysightseers trying to get up there," he said.

However, people began to rush to Hehuanshan, a famous scenicspot also known as Joy Mountain, at midnight and they reported that asnowfall had started there at 2 p.m., Chen said.

Sightseers on Yushan, known as Jade Mountain, also reported asnowfall that began there around the same time, he said.

However, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said that what thesightseers observed at Hehuanshan and Yushan was most likely sleetbecause it was not cold enough in either location for snow.

Weathermen said the weather is expected to turn dryer fromThursday evening, but the cold front will push the mercury down toseven degrees Celsius Friday morning in northern Taiwan and the coldsnap will last until Saturday.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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