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Snow Chaos in Beijing: Roads, Rails, Air Traffic Disrupted

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Beijing : After snowfall the previous evening, road, rail, and air traffic in Beijing were disrupted on Monday, prompting authorities to take precautions for public safety.

Snowfall in the Chinese capital city averaged 5.8 mm between 7 p.m. on Sunday and 8 a.m. on Monday, according to Xinhua news agency, which quotes the Beijing Meteorological Service.

The Beijing Meteorological Service reported that 10.2 mm of precipitation was recorded in the Fangshan district, which was the area with the most precipitation.

Xicheng District pedestrians were trudging through muddy and icy roads at 7:30 a.m., with a large number of them accompanying their kids to school.

Several electric bike riders were seen falling on the ground near Xuanwumen in the district.

The city’s weather station issued a yellow alert for icy roads at 4:50 p.m. Sunday, forecasting that large areas in the city are prone to having icy roads between 11 p.m. Sunday and 2 p.m. Monday.

By 7 a.m. Monday, over 180 bus routes in Beijing were suspended.

The city has so far arranged about 63,000 workers and prepared over 6,600 vehicles and other equipment for snow removal and ice clearing of the roads.

According to China Railway Beijing Group Co., Ltd., several trains departing from or passing through Beijing have been canceled for Monday.

Speed restrictions have been enforced for trains traveling in both directions along the Beijing-Guangzhou high-speed railway, leading to delays for some trains.

A total of 65 flights had been canceled at the Beijing Capital International Airport by 12:27 p.m. Monday, and the overall operational order of the airport remained normal, according to the airport.

According to the weather forecast, light snow will continue on Monday.

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