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Snow worries: It's a spring thing

IT snowed in Shanghai yesterday, causing an excited reaction from both residents and tourists - after all, isn't this springtime?

Sleet began about 7:30am and later turned to snow when the sun came out, sticking around until the evening in some parts of the city, the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau said.

The taohuaxue - literally "peach flower snow," referring to spring snow in March - was more prevalent in the 1970s and 80s than in recent years as "the weather is getting warmer overall," said Man Liping, chief service officer of the bureau.

Ren Zhixiao, a 50-year-old resident, said he had not seen such heavy March snow for almost 30 years but the phenomenon was not unusual when he was young.

"At the age of about 10, I used to go skating with my friends on a frozen lake after spring snow, Ren said.

Many younger city residents were caught unawares.

"I've never seen snowflakes in March with the sun shining above," said Huang Jingyi, 27, a white-collar worker.

Huang's colleague, Shen Tingting, said she was worried about the rare weather and was looking for some expert explanations.

Man said the total fall yesterday was 0.4 millimeter.

"It's just like a shower in summer and indicates imminent good weather," Man told Shanghai Daily.

The snow continued last night, leading to an 18-car, chain-reaction crash on the Inner Ring Road in Yangpu District. Two people were slightly hurt in the pile-up.

Under the influence of the cold front, the minimum temperature is expected to touch minus 3 degrees Celsius this morning and as low as minus 5 in the suburbs.

The bureau yesterday issued a yellow frost alert, the second highest of the three-level system, reminding farmers to take care of crops.

The city should warm up again quickly, with temperatures predicted to sharply rebound from tomorrow.

The weather is forecast to be sunny to cloudy tomorrow with temperatures ranging from zero to 13.

Friday's maximum is expected to be a pleasant 19.


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