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Snowfall disrupts flights in Beijing

SNOW blanketed northern China yesterday, leaving more than 80 flights out of Beijing delayed or canceled.

Sixty-four flights out of the capital had been delayed and another 21 canceled by 10am, the Beijing Capital International Airport said.

The city received an average snowfall of 1.8 millimeters between 8am on Saturday and 6am yesterday. Shijingshan District recorded the largest fall of 3.2mm.

Road traffic wasn't severely affected as all highways were open.

Thirteen bus lines linking the downtown area with the suburbs were canceled and another eight had to make detours, according to the Beijing Municipal Transport Committee.

Snow also blanketed Tianjin and Shanxi, Hebei, Henan, Shandong and Liaoning provinces. Tianjin and the northeast part of Hebei reported snowfall of up to 3.8mm.

Twelve highways in Liaoning were partly closed and one fully closed.

The Central Meteorological Observatory forecast that central and eastern regions of China will see snow from today until Friday.


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