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Freezing weather grips much of China as cold wave moves south

2008-12-22 10:30:29 GMT2008-12-22 18:30:29 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Citizens walk on a snow-covered road in Weihai, east China's Shandong Province, Dec. 22, 2008. Due to the continuous snowfall, the expressway from Qingdao to Weihai was blocked and passenger coaches set out from Weihai were cancelled on Monday.(Xinhua/Yu Qibo)

Snow removal truck cleans up snow on the runway of the Laishan International Airport in Yantai, east China's Shandong Province, Dec. 22, 2008. Residents from all circles here went to clean the snow on roads and streets in the city, as it snowed heavily on Sunday.(Xinhua/ Chuyang)

A local Resident walks in the snow-covered park in Nanchang, capital of east China's Jiangxi Province, on Dec. 22, 2008. The first snow in winter hit the province as a cold air masses moved to southern China.(Xinhua/Song Zhenping)

Students touch snow piling on a car on their way to school in Sizhou County of Dexing, east China's Jiangxi Province, Dec. 22, 2008. The first snow of this winter fell in Dexing this morning and dropped the temperature below zero degree Celsius.(Xinhua/Zhuo Zhongwei)

Photo taken on Dec. 22, 2008 shows snow-covered plants in Nanchang, capital of east China's Jiangxi Province, on Dec. 22, 2008. The first snow in winter hit the province as a cold air masses moved to southern China.(Xinhua Photo/Song Zhenping)

BEIJING, Dec. 22 (Xinhua) -- Freezing weather kept a grip on much of China on Monday and moved south, the result of a cold wave that came from Inner Mongolia over the weekend.

The cold wave was the second of this winter.

In Yantai and Weihai, two Shandong Province port cities that had heavy snow, highways remained closed on Monday.

Ferries crossing the Bohai Sea Strait to connect both cities with Dalian, in Liaoning Province, were cancelled because of strong wind.

Saturday's cold wave also generated snow on Sunday in Tianjin, near Beijing, and six other cities in Hebei Province, another neighbor of the national capital, according to weather services inTianjin and Hebei.

Nine freeways passing through Hebei Province that were closed by snow reopened on Monday.

The weather service in Tianjin said the city's Hangu District on the coast had the most snow Saturday night, with accumulations of 11.7 mm. There were no reports of damage.

Snow skipped Beijing, but it brought bone-chilling winds through the capital on Sunday, driving the temperature to minus 12degrees Celsius. The city's low was minus eight degrees Celsius on Monday.

Temperatures will be below normal in most parts of the country for the first two days of the week but will rise as the cold front moves on. The temperatures might even be above normal after the chill dissipates, the National Meteorological Center said in a Web statement.

The center predicted strong wind and falling temperatures in the northeastern, northern and eastern parts of China on Wednesday and Thursday and rain almost everywhere beginning on Friday.

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