Heavy Snow and Extremely Cold Temperatures Disrupt Beijing China

BEIJING, Jan. 3 (UPI) — Heavy snow and extreme cold disrupted life in Beijing Sunday with meteorologists saying even colder weather was on its way.

As much as 5 inches of snow blanketed parts of Beijing Sunday with temperatures hovering at around 14-degrees Fahrenheit, China Daily reported.

Temperatures were forecast to drop to as low as 3-degrees Fahrenheit during the next three days, Xinhua, China’s state-run news agency reported.

The extreme weather closed two of three runways at Beijing International Airport, canceling 86 flights Sunday. The snow clogged roads throughout the city and severely disrupted bus service, Xinhua reported.

The storm also disrupted transportation in Tianjin Municipality, Shijiazhuang and Hohhot, with expressways linking Beijing to Hebei Province and Tianjin closed because of ice and snow.

“Luckily, we are still in the New Year holiday. More people could be affected tomorrow,” Liu Juan, a Beijing resident, told China Daily.

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