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Snow, penetrating cold to usher in Year of the Snake

SHANGHAI is forecast to have some unseasonably snowy weather in the days leading up to the Chinese new year.

"The snow should be caused by the cross of cold and warm air," said Zhu Jiehua, a chief service officer of the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau. "The snowfall should mostly concentrate over Thursday night to Friday, and the snow should accumulate with some ice on the road."

A cold front should keep lows around 0 degrees Celsius between today and Saturday, with highs ranging from 2 to 4 degrees Celsius. Strong winds will make it feel colder.

Rain today may begin turning into sleet and snow late in the day. Snow also is forecast for other areas of eastern China including Anhui, Jiangxi, Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces.

Temperatures may rise a few degrees on Sunday, China's Lunar New Year, but the holiday is expected to be cloudy. Rain is possible early next week.

The bureau set up its emergency weather system yesterday to send alerts through radio, TV, print media, Internet, mobile networks and billboards.


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