Cold snap brings snow to mountains in Taiwan

01/25/2023 04:55 PM
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Soft rime and hail is seen in the Taipingshan National Forest Recreational Area. Photo courtesy of Luodong Forest District Office
Soft rime and hail is seen in the Taipingshan National Forest Recreational Area. Photo courtesy of Luodong Forest District Office

Taipei, Jan. 25 (CNA) Several mountainous areas in northern and northeastern Taiwan saw snowfall late Tuesday and early Wednesday as a powerful cold front brought freezing temperatures to high-altitude parts of the country.

According to the Taitung Forest District Office, snow fell on Xiangyang Mountain, which sits 3,603 meters above sea level, in Taitung County in eastern Taiwan early Wednesday morning, lasting for about one hour until 5:30 a.m.

A combination of snow flurries and soft hail was also reported in the Mingchi Forest Recreation Area at an altitude of about 1,200 meters in northeast Yilan County around 6 a.m. on Wednesday when the mercury tumbled to minus 2 degrees Celsius.

Photo courtesy of Taitung Forest District Office
Photo courtesy of Taitung Forest District Office

Meanwhile, the Directorate General of Highways said that motorists traveling on the Northern Cross-Island Highway (Provincial Highway No. 7) near Mingchi Villa should watch out for heavy fog as it could affect visibility.

In Hsinchu County, the owner of the Green Wood restaurant, which sits around 1,450 meters above sea level in Jianshi Township, on Tuesday posted images of snowy scenes outside the eatery on social media.

The restaurant owner said that temperatures had reached zero degrees at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, with snow beginning to fall around 7 p.m.

Hsinchu County Councilor Liu Chien-min (劉建民) told CNA that several high-altitude mountainous areas in Hsinchu saw light snowfall and rime ice late Tuesday night.

Soft rime and hail also came into view in the Taipingshan National Forest Recreational Area at about 1,900 meters above sea level in Yilan County Wednesday morning when temperatures dipped to between minus 3 and minus 5 degrees.

(By Worthy Shen, Lu Chun-kang, Lee Hui-ting and Evelyn Kao)

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Photo courtesy of Taitung Forest District Office
Photo courtesy of Taitung Forest District Office
Photo courtesy of Taitung Forest District Office
Photo courtesy of Taitung Forest District Office
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