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Mountains in Taipei including Yangmingshan and Taipingshan in Yilan likely to see snow as cold surge hits Taiwan

There are chances of snow on Dec. 30, in mountains higher than 1,000 meters in northern Taiwan, thanks to abundant moisture and a cold surge, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Saturday.

The cold and wet air will send temperatures to 8-11 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan, while mountainous and coastal areas there will see lows between 5-8 degrees, the bureau said.

Wu Der-rong, an adjunct associate professor of atmospheric sciences at National Central University, said snow fans could try Datun and Qixing mountains in Taipei from the evening of Dec. 30, but cautioned that the amount is expected to be small.

Besides the north, there are also chances of snow in Taiping Mountain in eastern Taiwan's Yilan County between late Dec. 30 and early Dec. 31, Wu said.

Temperatures in mountains ranging from 800 to 2,000 meters above sea level could dip to minus 2-4 degrees, and as a result, even if there is not enough moisture to form snow, there could be other forms of precipitation, such as rime ice, he said.

According to the CWB, the effect of the cold surge is forecast to last into New Year's Day, when temperatures are expected to rise with clearer skies. -Central News Agency


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