N. China digging out from paralyzing snowfall

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Paramilitary policemen clean snow on the Badaling section of Beijing-Tibet expressway, in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 4, 2012. [Xinhua]

Heavy snowfall continued to paralyze Beijing and parts of northern China, with record amounts of precipitation in some areas and soldiers called out to bring food and water to stranded motorists and try to dig out their snowbound vehicles.

Air, rail and highway traffic was heavily impacted and more snow is expected this week in some areas.

Beijing authorities released a citywide orange alert and a regional red alert concerning blizzards early yesterday morning as a cold spell swept across northern China, Xinhua news agency reported.

China has a four-tier color-coded snow warning system: red, orange, yellow and blue, with red being the most serious.

By 10am, the capital had received an average daily precipitation of over 58 mm, a post-1951 record for the city during the November-March winter period, according to the Beijing Meteorological Center.

In the Fenghuangling region of Haidian District, the snowfall has lasted for over 40 hours and brought the maximum precipitation up to 96 mm, Xinhua said.

A Shanghai Daily reporter, on a trip to Beijing, said old towns in the Beijing area were flooded and road conditions were bad.


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