China issues blizzard alert in first snowfall of Olympics | Inquirer Sports

China issues blizzard alert in first snowfall of Olympics

/ 02:40 PM February 13, 2022

China Beijing snow

A municipal worker sweeps snow off a street amid snowfall in Beijing, China January 20, 2022. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins

BEIJING – The China Meterological Administration issued a blizzard warning for Sunday saying significant snowfall is expected in large parts of northern China including Beijing, the capital and current site of the Winter Olympics.

The weekend snowfall, which had already begun in some areas on Saturday, is the capital’s first since the Winter Olympics opened on Feb. 4, government notices showed.

The Women’s Freeski slopestyle qualification in Zhangjiakou, featuring Team China gold medalist Eileen Gu, was rescheduled to later on Sunday due to the snow, a notice on the Beijing 2022 official Olympic website said.

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The authorities issued a blue blizzard warning, the lowest of the country’s four-tiered alerts, with some regions forecast to receive up to 4 cm (1.6 inches) of snow. They advised the public to cut back on unnecessary outdoor activities.

“It is expected that there will be heavy snow in parts of central and southern Inner Mongolia, northern Shanxi, central and northern Hebei, northern Beijing, southern Tianjin, eastern and southern Liaoning, and Xinjiang along the Tianshan Mountains today,” the China Meterological Administration notice said.

Beijing temperatures dropped, with the Beijing Meteorological Observatory forecasting a minimum temperature of -6 degrees Celsius (21°F). (This story corrects headline to specify first Beijing snowfall)

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