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Snow hits transport across Shanghai

STREETS are expected to be icy today and tomorrow as the snow and sleet continues, weathermen said yesterday.

The Shanghai Meteorological Bureau issued a yellow road icing alert, lowest of the three-level system, at 4pm yesterday, warning that the streets could freeze within 12 hours. Drivers and pedestrians are warned to be cautious on the roads.

Shanghai is in its coldest January in 30 years with the average temperature at 1.9 degrees Celsius by yesterday, the bureau said.

"The cold fronts were active, while the southwestern warmth was not," officials explained yesterday on its website. "It has something to do with the 'La Nina' phenomenon and the weak subtropical high."

The snow should lessen today and will continue intermittently to the end of this week, the bureau said. The temperatures should be stable with a low of about zero degrees Celsius and a high of about 5 degrees.

The heavy snow yesterday hampered the city's traffic, especially on highways during the evening rush hours, said traffic police. Vehicles had to drive slowly on highways and congestion was reported on S20, S5, G2, S4 and G50, police said. The G50 closed for a period yesterday due to the weather.

Police said all traffic officers were sent out last night to ensure the smooth and safe flow of traffic on the roads.

The snowy weather has been affecting southern China recently and an expressway from Shanghai to Anhui Province had to close at 5:30pm yesterday. Four long-distance bus lines were canceled yesterday and it was unclear when the expressway would reopen.

The snow could make the Spring Festival transport rush even worse as many choose to take coaches home if they fail to get a train ticket, the weather bureau warned.


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