CHINA Blizzard closes over 10 expressways in NE China

CHINA

Blizzard closes over 10 expressways in NE China

Xinhua

16:52, March 21, 2019

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HARBIN, March 21 (Xinhua) -- A blizzard has hit China's northeast province of Heilongjiang, forcing more than 10 expressways to close on Thursday.

The province's weather department issued an orange alert for severe snowstorms at 11:20 a.m. Thursday, forecasting more heavy snow.

Heavy snow battered the cities of Harbin, Suihua, Qitaihe, Jixi and Mudanjiang from 8 a.m. Wednesday. Snowfall in some areas had reached 10 mm by 8 a.m. Thursday, a rare snow volume in late March in the province.

The blizzard is also expected to affect the herding and farming sectors of the province.

China has a four-tier color-coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

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