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City in luck with dragon snow

SNOW fell in Shanghai yesterday, the first in the Year of the Dragon.

Flurries were recorded in areas including Chongming Island, the Pudong New Area and other districts from around 10:50am, said the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

Yesterday was the 11th day of the lunar new year. According to a Chinese saying, snow at the beginning of the year indicates a prosperous year ahead.

The snow was heaviest in Chongming County, with a little lying around the Chongming-Qidong Bridge in the morning, eyewitnesses said.

In the afternoon, there were snow showers in Xuhui, Jing'an, Yangpu and Putuo districts.

Though the snow only lasted for a short period - often accompanied by sunshine - and didn't lie in most areas, many locals photographed the picturesque scene.

"It was amazing that it was snowing while the sun was shining bright, and you could see the snowflakes swaying in the sunlight," said a resident, surnamed Zha, who was traveling on a bus at the time.

"Many passengers took out their cameras to capture the moment but it was really hard to get a clear shot."

Snow fell in Shanghai on January 22, the lunar New Year Eve, but did not lie then either.

The city's temperature dipped below freezing yesterday, and the low this morning is set to be minus 1 degree Celsius.

Today should be sunny with some cloud and a high of around 5 degrees.

Cloudy weather with sunny spells is forecast for tomorrow, with temperatures creeping up again, the observatory said.

The low should reach 1 degree, with the high climbing to 8 degrees.

Overcast conditions and drizzle are forecast for Sunday.

Tomorrow is lichun, or the beginning of spring, the first of the 24 solar terms of the Chinese lunar calendar. However, the meteorological spring is still some way off for the city.


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