Published January 04, 2018

Flights, Trains Cancelled After Heavy Snowstorms Strike China

By Jordan Harris


Areas across China were struck by snowstorms earlier today and yesterday, cancelling trains, flights along with forcing three airports to close.


Numerous trains have been cancelled across North China including several leaving from Shanghai Hongqiao Station and Shanghai Railway Station. Around 2,000 passengers have been affected by cancellations from the local stations. The National Railway Administration has since sent out teams to clear the snow from tracks and repair any damages caused. If you're travelling anywhere north of Shanghai later today be sure to check for cancellations before heading out. Some trains services will still be running but will terminate before the final stop.


According to SHINE, Hefei Xinqiao International Airport, Fuyang Xiguan Airport in Anhui province, and Jining Qufu Airport in Shandong province have all been closed today after heavy bouts of snow. Runways at other airports have also been closed causing flight delays throughout China. 


China's National Meteorological Center (NMC) updated its alert for snow to the second highest level yesterday evening. Road users have been urged to take extra care if driving in such conditions. 


Areas hit by snowfall have not been limited to just north China. Even Nanjing has seen heavy bouts of snow in the city along with other areas in Jiangsu, Anhui and Hubei Provinces. Shanghai won't be seeing snow anytime soon, instead we can just expect rain and cold weather for the rest of the day.


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