Snow falls in high altitude areas of Central Mountain Range

Pictures courtesy of Songsyue Lodge.

Affected by a continental cold air mass, snow fell in high mountain areas of northern, central, and southern Taiwan this morning, including Mount Hehuan, Wuling Farm and Jiaming Lake.

At Songsyue Lodge in Taroko National Park, more than five centimeters of snow was recorded.

The first snow this winter was recorded at Mount Hehuan at around 8:00 am yesterday when it snowed for just two minutes. As the temperature dropped during the night, snow began to fall intermittently, then more continuously in the early hours of the morning.

Police have implemented traffic controls on some roads, requiring vehicles to use snow chains, and banning motorcycles on sections affected by ice.

The Central Weather Bureau said that this wave of cold air is humid and cold, with the combination of high moisture and low temperatures, Mount Hehuan, Jade Mountain, and other high mountain areas will have the chance to see snow from Sunday to Tuesday. The Directorate General of Highways closed some sections of the Mount Hehuan Route 14 from the 24 kilometer mark at Yuanfeng to the 41.5 kilometer mark at Dayuling from 5:00 pm yesterday.

Traffic resumed at 7:00 am this morning. However, due to snow and ice on some Mount Hehuan road sections, traffic is restricted to vehicles with snow chains, while motor scooters, heavy motorcycles, and Class B buses are prohibited from entering.

Snow at Songsyue Lodge, Taroko National Park.
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