Snowfall to hit northern China in coming two days



BEIJING -- Snowfall will hit northern China in the coming two days, representing the most extensive snowfall so far this winter, the National Meteorological Center said Thursday.

Strong winds and temperature drops will hit areas to the north of the Huaihe River, the observatory said.

Light to moderate snowfall will sweep the eastern parts of northwestern China, northern China and northeastern China from west to east.

Heavy snowfall will hit southeastern Qinghai, southwestern Gansu, northeastern Inner Mongolia, northern Shanxi and central Heilongjiang, with snow of more than 5 millimeters in some areas.

The snowfall will be extensive, but not heavy as most areas will see light or medium snow, said Zhang Fanghua, chief forecaster of the NMC.

The snowfall can help increase soil moisture, but will affect traffic, and the public should be wary of the strong winds and temperature drops projected to come with the snowfall, Zhang said.