Snow, icy rain freeze south, east China

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A workers sprays a type of products to accelerate the snow melting on a highway in Fuzhou, East China's Jiangxi province, Jan 4, 2013. [Xinhua] 

Provinces are dispatching traffic police, canceling flights and suspending bus transportation as snow and icy rain persists in south and east China Friday.

Snow and icy rain pelted Chinese provinces of Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui, Zhejiang and Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, a National Meteorological Center of China statement said.

The center predicted the inclement weather would continue for the next ten days. It has asked authorities in the affected regions to be on alert for disruptions in transportation, agriculture and people's livelihoods.

In Guangxi in south China, several passenger bus routes passing the region's northern mountainous areas were suspended after roads there were reported to be covered with ice. Local authorities said they have beefed up patrols on the ice-coated roads to ensure safety.

Snow has caused a number of highway accidents in east China's Jiangxi Province, bringing traffic to a halt and stranding passengers.

In the Fengcheng section of the Nanchang-Zhangshu Highway, local residents were selling instant noodles and drinks to drivers and passengers stranded in a queue five kilometers long due to a pile-up involving three trucks.

"I didn't expect such a situation, so I've brought no warm coats or food. All I can do now is wait," said truck driver Yao Xuefeng.

The provincial meteorological station of Jiangxi said a total of 72 counties and districts in the province had seen snow as of 11 a.m., with eight of them covered with more than 5 cm.

Jiangxi's traffic authorities said traffic on certain expressways had not resumed, and workers were de-icing and using shovels to clear the roads of snow.


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