Cold spell sends snow to Taiwan’s mountainous areas

Taipei--The strongest cold spell this winter has produced snow in mountainous areas of Taiwan, including the country's highest peak Yushan, the Central Weather Bureau (CWB) said Saturday.

According to the Bureau, snow began to fall on Yushan since 4:05 a.m., and by 8 a.m., there was a 1.9-centimeter accumulation on the ground.

Mountains over 3,000 meters in central and southern Taiwan will have a chance of getting more snow throughout Saturday, thanks to low temperatures coupled with moisture moving in from the southeast, forecasters said.

In addition, snow fell in parts of the Central Cross-Island Highway, but some of it has already melted away, they said.

To see an accumulation of snow, one must travel to at least the 37 km mark -- at 2,995 meters above sea level -- on Provincial Highway 14A, the main road serving Hehuanshan connecting Dayuling and Wushe, local police said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel