Snow in Tongliao, Southern Mongolia, has accumulated to a depth not seen since 1951, according to the China Meteorological Administration.
Heavy snowfall has lasted around 46 hours in the Chinese-occupied region, with a cumulative snowfall of 81.3 millimeters in the city of Tongliao, and a snow depth of 68 centimeters at the Kulunqi Weather Station, according to reports.
According to the China Meteorological Administration, if the snow does not melt quickly, it may declare a natural disaster. A snowfall disaster refers to a state where pasture is buried due to snow accumulation, causing livestock to be unable to feed normally, and to starve.
China News reports that the snow accumulation has affected 5,609 people, and one person has died.
The Tongliao Meteorological Bureau said, yesterday, that heavy snow has caused closures of schools and the airport in Tongliao.
Meteorologists are blaming a La Niña weather phenomenon for the early cold, and the National Climate Center of China predicts that the cold will become significantly stronger in January and February, with lower than average temperatures and a high possibility of “phased extreme cold currents.”
See previous story: Cold weather comes early to East Asia as energy crisis looms in China
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