China News Service, Beijing, February 13 (Xu Jing) The swirling snowflakes fell on the "Double Olympic City" on the occasion of the Winter Olympics.
The 13th is the 13th day of the first lunar month in the Chinese lunar calendar, and is also the ninth competition day of the Beijing Winter Olympics. From 2:00 on that day, the capital ushered in the first snowfall of the Year of the Tiger in the lunar calendar.
Snowflakes fluttered, and obvious snowfall occurred in all districts of Beijing on the 13th.
At about 13:00, the Beijing Meteorological Observatory upgraded and issued a yellow blizzard warning signal. From 2:00 to 12:40 on the 13th, the average snowfall in Beijing reached 4 mm.
Among them, the meteorological departments of Yanqing District and Changping District issued a yellow blizzard warning and an orange blizzard warning respectively in the morning. The snowfall at Dalinggou Station of the Ming Tombs in Changping has exceeded 10 mm.
It is expected that by 5:00 on the 14th, the cumulative snowfall in most parts of Beijing will be greater than 6 mm, and it will reach more than 10 mm locally in the northern part of the west.
The swirling snowflakes add a lot of romance to the "city of two Olympics".
During the Spring Festival of the Year of the Tiger, the red lanterns hanging on the streets, wearing "white velvet caps" in the early morning, attracted many citizens to take pictures of "Xue Rongrong" in front of their homes.
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In the community square and on the side of the street, the people piled up "Bingdundun" snowmen, which contrasted with the Spring Festival landscape.
The meteorological department predicts that the temperature in Beijing will be around -2°C for the whole day on the 13th.
However, the severe cold could not stop the enthusiasm of the citizens to enjoy the snow.
On social platforms, many netizens uploaded the unforgettable moments of "Bing Dun Dun" and "Xue Rong Rong" welcoming the snow with the public at the Summer Palace and Yuyuantan Park.
According to statistics, as of 11:00, 11 municipal parks in Beijing received a total of 70,000 tourists.
The reporter learned that due to the snowfall, some sections of the Beijing-Tianjin Expressway, Beijing-Shanghai Expressway and Beijing-Tibet Expressway are currently closed, and there have been many traffic accidents on the Beijing-Chengdu Expressway.
As of 13:30 on February 13, affected by the snowfall, Beijing Public Transport Group took measures for a total of 195 lines, taking 166 measures to stop driving, 24 measures to take interval measures, and 5 measures to take detours.
Some flights at Capital International Airport and Daxing International Airport were cancelled.
In response to this round of snowfall and cooling weather, Beijing has deployed various preparations such as snow shovel and ice shovel in advance.
The Beijing Municipal Commission of Urban Management has 56,000 backup staff who can carry out snow and ice shoveling operations at any time; Beijing-Hong Kong Metro arranges trains to leave 5 to 10 minutes in advance to ensure punctual and safe operation of trains; some expressways in Beijing have taken temporary measures control measures.
The reporter learned from the Beijing Meteorological Observatory that there was moderate to heavy snowfall in Beijing during the day on the 13th, with local blizzards and heavy snowfall in the west and north.
Snowflakes continued to be online at night, but turned to light snow.
It is estimated that by 5:00 on the 14th, the cumulative snowfall in most parts of Beijing will exceed 4 mm, and the northern part of the west will reach about 10 mm.
Affected by the blizzard, the temperature in Beijing will continue to be low in the next few days. It is expected that the highest temperature will be -1℃ to 3℃ and the lowest temperature will be -7℃ to -5℃ from the 14th to the 22nd.