China Issues Orange Alert as Heavy Snowstorms Hits
As heavy snowstorms are expected to hit the northern regions of China, the National Meteorological Center issued a warning against possible blizzards. The warning hiked the weather alert level to the second highest level as heavy snow hit the central and eastern parts of Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region most part of Beijing and northern and western parts of Hebei Province.
This prompted the center to issue an orange alert which followed Saturday’s blue alert which the weakest alert in the four tiers, color coded warning system followed by yellow, then orange and finally red as the highest. Ten national highways in Shanxi Province are temporarily closed for safety reasons as the Shanxi meteorological center reports of continuous snow and rainfall that will plunge temperatures in some areas to below zero.
While in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, heavy snow brought traffic to a standstill on some highways causing more than 400 trucks to be stranded near G6 highway. Also the center reports of sleet, snow and rain to fall in most parts of northern China and regions along the Yellow and Huaihe river.
The center also issued a blue alert as a East Asia cold snap is expected to bring gales and plunge temperatures to 6 to 8 degrees in Inner Mongolia’s eastern regions in coming two days.