Snow on Taiwan’s mountains likely on Thursday

Early snow likely on Taiwan's Hehuanshan, Yushan by Thursday

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/12/02
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
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Icicles on Hehuanshan. (Photo by member of the public)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — As a cold air mass blasts into Taiwan, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) predicts that snowfall is likely on mountains over 3,000 meters in elevation, including Hehuanshan and Yushan, by Thursday (Dec. 5) at the soonest.

The CWB said that a combination of the continental cold air mass blowing in from the north and moisture from the periphery of Typhoon Kammuri (北冕) will likely create the right conditions for snowfall on mountains over 3,000 meters in elevation by Thursday or Friday (Dec. 6). The CWB predicts that Hehuanshan and Yushan are the two peaks most likely to see snow over this period.

As of 4 a.m. this morning (Dec. 2), the lowest temperature recorded on Hehuanshan this winter was 1.6 degrees Celsius. Dripping water on the mountain crystalized into long icicles overnight, and grass, tree branches, and leaves were all covered in a layer of crystal clear ice.


Icicles spotted on Hehuanshan. (Photo submitted by member of the public)

The Puli Public Works section of the Directorate General of Highway said that in response to the possibility of the early arrival of snow this week, it is carrying out training for snow removal personnel and readying snowplows. These and other types of snow removal equipment are being stationed on Hehuanshan and kept on standby in advance of any snowfall.    [FULL  STORY]

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