Cold Wet Air Front Hits Taiwan, Jade Mountain Gets Wet Snow

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Taipei, Jan 18 (CNA) Wet snow fell on Taiwan’s highest peak early Tuesday as a cold air front swept across Taiwan, bringing rain and lowering temperatures across the island, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).

Wet snow began falling on the 3,952-meter Jade Mountain at 5:10 a.m. and continued until 6:30 a.m. as temperatures dropped to 0.1 degrees Celsius, leaving about 1 centimeter of snow on the ground, the CCB said.

Elsewhere in Taiwan, the northeastern part of the island is expected to experience heavy rain while brief and isolated rains can be expected in the north and east on Tuesday, the CWB said.

Central and southern Taiwan can expect cloudy skies with sudden rain showers, he added.

Lows in most parts of the island will hover around 14-16 degrees, while daytime highs could reach 17-20 degrees in the north and northeast, 21-24 degrees in the center and south- east of Taiwan and 26 degrees in the south, the office predict.

Wu Der-rong (吳德榮), meteorologist and adjunct associate professor of atmospheric sciences at National Central University, said the chance of rain was high in Taiwan on Tuesday due to northeasterly winds blowing through.

The weather will warm up over the weekend, he said, but another wave of cold air could reach Taiwan on Sunday, bringing more rain to parts of northern and eastern Taiwan, according to reports. Wu’s predictions.

(By Flor Wang and Chang Hsiung-feng)

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