Snow disrupts travel around Beijing, more expected on Thursday

By Eric Leister, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
February 13, 2019, 12:36:10 PM EST


Snow blanketed parts of Beijing in white on Tuesday, and more is expected later this week.

Tuesday’s snow marked the second snowfall of the season after the first arrived just last week and was one of the latest first snowfalls on record.

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A policeman takes a photo of his colleague against Tiananmen Gate as snow falls in Beijing, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019.

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A security guard uses a broom to clear snow from the sidewalk during a snowfall in Beijing, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019.

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A policeman adjusts a national flag sticks on the barrier against Tiananmen Square as snow falls in Beijing, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019.

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A couple takes a selfie with Tiananmen Gate as snow falls in Beijing, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019.

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A paramilitary policeman stands guard outside the Tiananmen Gate as snow falls in Beijing, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019.

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A woman wearing a panda ear cover during a visit to Tiananmen Gate as snow fall in Beijing, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019.


The snow, which accumulated less than 2.5 cm (1 inch) across much of the city and surrounding areas, still caused some travel disruptions.

Some roadways in Beijing were closed due to the snowfall, according to Xinhua.

Beijing Public Transport launched their emergency weather plan, which suspended three bus lines and provided additional rail transportation.

The travel disruption comes as travel remains higher than normal due to Lunar New Year celebrations and the Spring Festival travel period.

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Cold weather and more snow are the forecast for Beijing in the coming days.

Another covering of snow will fall on the city during the day on Thursday.

Snowfall amounts of a coating to 5 cm (2 inches) are expected across the capital, and temperatures will remain below 0 C (32 F) into Friday morning.

The snow will melt by Friday afternoon as temperatures climb above 0 C (32 F) and sunshine returns.

A period of mild and dry weather is expected from Sunday into next weekend with no threat for additional snowfall.

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