Cold wave brings snow, wind, rain to much of nation
Central and eastern China are feeling the effects of this year's biggest cold wave, which is forecast to last through Thursday, bringing low temperatures, strong winds and snow to many parts of the country, the National Meteorological Center said.
The center issued a blue alert for the cold spell, which began on Sunday. That's the lowest level in the four-tier color-coded weather warning system.
Temperatures are expected to rise starting Friday, but until then, heavy snowfall is expected in Shandong, Henan, Shanxi, Shaanxi, Gansu and other provinces.
Strong northerly winds carrying sand and dust are expected to sweep across the Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia autonomous regions and other provinces
It's said that the large-scale cold wave is the result of two cold fronts "working together". The stronger one cooled temperatures to around 0 C in northern China.
the National Meteorological Center 国家气象中心
blue alert for the cold spell 寒流蓝色预警
Inner Mongolia autonomous regions 内蒙古自治区