Cold spell puts Beijing on alert

November 09, 2009 | Posted by Chris

Temperatures in northern China are expected to fall by up to 50 degrees Fahrenheit over the next 3 days, putting both residents and city officials on high alert for poor weather conditions, the China Daily reports. According to China's National Meteorological Center, Beijing may see snow through Wednesday this week, which would be the longest run of snowfall this year. Beijing -- which has a typically arid climate -- does not often deal with snow, and this was apparent last weekend, when several inches of snow blanketed the city. In fact, last weekend's snowfall in Beijing was the most intense in the last 40 years, and it disrupted much of the city's transportation, including the Beijing Capital Airport. Precautions for this round of inclement weather not only include greater numbers of de-icing vehicles and staff members at the airport, but also feature the cancellation of large events, like today's aerial show that was to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the People's Liberation Army air force.

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