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Shanghai sees its first flakes

SNOW hit most parts of Shanghai yesterday for the first time this winter, under the influence of a strong cold front from the north. The city will keep shivering until New Year's Day, forecasters said.

The snow was first recorded in the suburban Jiading District around 3:40pm and downtown areas were hit by sleet and snow soon after. Qingpu District had a five millimeter covering by 5pm.

The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau issued a yellow ice alert - the third and lowest level - at 4:53pm, warning people to be careful on the slippery roads and sidewalks. Traffic authorities and police were ordered to take precautions for dealing with conditions.

The snow could reach a moderate level overnight, the bureau said. It should stop today, but the city will stay cold.

Today should be overcast to cloudy, with the temperature ranging from a low of minus 2 degrees Celsius and a high of 2 degrees Celsius, meteorologists said. The low is forecast to reach minus 4 to 5 degrees in the suburbs.

It is expected to turn sunny with cloud tomorrow, with a low of minus 3 degrees and a high of 5 degrees.

A warmer start of the New Year is forecast, with the temperature rising to a high of 7 degrees.

There should be no rain during the three-day New Year holiday, with temperatures ranging from zero to 7 degrees.


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