Taiwan sees first snowfall of 2021

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TAIPEI, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- Taiwan had its first snowfall of the year 2021 Thursday as a strong cold front swept through the island.

Snow began falling at around 6:40 p.m. in a forest park on Taiping Mountain in northern Taiwan, which sits at an altitude of around 1,850 meters, the park management office said.

According to footage and photos taken by tourists in the area, the trees and floor surface were all white.

From Thursday evening to Friday, the cold front will continue to enhance across the island and the northern region will see the daytime mercury fall below 10 degrees Celsius Friday, the island's weather department said.

The highest temperature of Taipei city on Friday will be around 7 to 8 degrees Celsius and the coastal region will be even colder, it said.

Mountainous regions at an altitude of 1,000 meters and higher in northern Taiwan are very much likely to have snow from Thursday night to Friday. In central and southern Taiwan, snowfall is expected on the mountains at an altitude of 3,000 meters and higher.

The cold front is expected to weaken on Sunday but another continental cold air mass may reach Taiwan on Jan. 11, the weather department said. Enditem

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