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Snow halts flights, snarls traffic

SNOW and sleet caused two Shanghai airports to postpone or cancel more than 50 flights this morning while airport workers were busy clearing snow from the runways, officials said.

Shanghai issued a yellow snow alert this morning and the weather bureau is cautioning motorists to drive slowly on icy roads. The city's temperature dropped to zero degrees Celsius early this morning.

Meanwhile, many commuters reported hazardous road conditions via Weibo microblogs, warning that roads in suburban Songjiang and Qingpu districts were very slippery with snow.

The snow also slowed downtown traffic. A woman surnamed Li said it took her 40 minutes to drive from home to office today, more than triple the time the trip usually takes.

Heavy snow has forced airports in Nanjing, Yangzhou and other cities in neighboring Jiangsu Province to suspend operation.


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