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Snow, icy roads forecast today

FORECASTERS say it will be a messy day - rain, sleet and snow are expected and the temperature should keep dropping due to a strong cold front.

About 25 millimeters of precipitation were expected from yesterday to today, turning heavy this morning, according to the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau.

"The weather should be mostly rainy before Monday night and turn overcast and snowy on Tuesday," said Fu Yi, a chief service officer of the bureau. "The snow should be moderate or heavy in the west and north parts of the city, from three to seven millimeters."

The sky is expected to turn overcast this afternoon. Roads may be icy, Fu added.

The bureau issued a blue cold wave alert at 8:41pm saying the mercury was expected to drop about 7 to 8 degrees.

Today's temperatures should range from a low of 0 degrees Celsius to a high of 3 degrees.

Tomorrow is expected to be overcast with drizzle or sleet and the low to remain freezing and the high around 6 degrees Celsius, the bureau said.

"The extreme low could reach minus 2 degrees Celsius in the mornings of Tuesday and Wednesday in the suburbs," Fu said.

The rainy weather yesterday coincides with the Chinese solar term yu shui, or rain, indicating frequent rain and a rise of temperature with the melting of snow.

Although the city has passed li chun, or the beginning of spring, earlier this month, the mercury should still experience some ups and downs before spring really comes.


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