Taiwan sees first snowfall of winter - Focus Taiwan

Taiwan sees first snowfall of winter

Photo courtesy of the Bunun Mountaineering Team
Photo courtesy of the Bunun Mountaineering Team

Taipei, Dec. 6 (CNA) Snow fell on Xueshan, Taiwan's second-highest peak, on Friday as seasonal northeasterly winds and a cloud system from the south brought abundant moisture to the country.

Sleet started falling at 1:48 a.m. on the 3,886-meter mountain before snow began falling at around 9 a.m., according to Shei-Pa National Park management office.

It was the first snow in Taiwan this winter season.

Meanwhile, the Central Weather Bureau forecast cold and rainy weather will continue in northern and northeastern Taiwan Friday, with daytime temperatures ranging from 16-17 degrees Celsius.

In southern areas as well as Hualien and Taitung in the east, daytime temperatures are expected to reach 20 degrees, according to the bureau.

However, a continental cold air mass is expected to reach Taiwan late Friday, and could potentially push the mercury in northern and northeastern areas down to as low as 12 degrees Celsius, the bureau said.

(By Lu Kang-chun, Yu Hsiao-han and Y.F. Low)


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