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Beijing embraces New Year's first snow after dry spell

BEIJINGERS woke up to see the first snowfall of the New Year today, after nearly two months of drought.

The snow began before daybreak in Beijing and parts of the neighboring Tianjin Municipality and Hebei Province, the weather bureau said.

"I dozed off in my car after 3 a.m. and woke up to see snow everywhere," said taxi driver Cheng Yong.

At 6am, the snowfall measured less than 1 millimeter in the city proper. The mountainous areas in the western suburbs, however, received 2.9 millimeters of snow, Beijing Meteorological Bureau said on its Website.

It said today's highest temperature would be around minus two degrees Celsius, and would drop to minus six tomorrow, when most parts of the city would expect moderate snow.

The snow would be followed by strong wind and a significant temperature drop Tuesday through Thursday, when the low would fall under minus 15, compared with minus 7 on yesterday.

Before the New Year holiday, the bureau had forecast snow tonight and tomorrow.

Beijing had this winter's first snowfall at the beginning of November but has stayed dry for nearly two months ever since.


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