Yushan, Hehuanshan see second snow of the year

Taipei-- Yushan and Hehuanshan saw their second snow of the winter Wednesday morning, as a cold air mass moved over Taiwan, according to the Central Weather Bureau.

One centimeter of snow fell early Wednesday on Yushan (Jade Mountain), Taiwan's highest peak at 3,952 meters, after the temperature dropped to minus 4.7 degrees Celsius.

The snowfall began at around 5:40 a.m. and lasted until 8:05 a.m., the bureau said, citing data from the Yushan Weather Station.

It was the second snow of the winter in Taiwan. The first on Yushan and Hehuanshan came on Jan. 15 and 16.

Beyond Wednesday morning's snow, the latest cold air mass was expected to bring chilly, mostly cloudy, weather to much of Taiwan.

Lows will range between 13 and 15 degrees Celsius in central and northern Taiwan and in Yilan County in northeastern Taiwan and between 16 to 17 degrees in southern Taiwan and eastern Taiwan's Hualien and Taitung counties, the bureau said.

Daytime highs are expected to reach 16 to 19 degrees in northern Taiwan and Yilan and 21-22 degrees in central and southern Taiwan as well as Taitung, the bureau said.

Occasional showers are likely in northern and eastern Taiwan and in mountainous parts of central and southern Taiwan, the bureau forecast.

The weather will turn drier on Thursday, but another approaching cold air mass will send temperatures down to around 14 degrees in central and northern Taiwan and 16 degrees in southern Taiwan and Hualien and Taitung, the bureau said.

Temperatures will begin to climb on Friday (Chinese New Year's Eve), as the cold air mass weakens, it said.

From Friday to Sunday, most of the island will see sunny and mild weather, with only eastern Taiwan and mountainous parts of northern Taiwan likely to see rain.

During that period, temperatures will climb to 24 to 25 degrees in northern and eastern Taiwan and 27 degrees in central and southern Taiwan, it said.

Lows are expected to be between 14 and 15 degrees in central and northern Taiwan and 16 and 17 degrees in southern Taiwan, it added.

The weather will turn cooler around the island on Jan. 30, due to the strengthening of seasonal northeasterly winds, and northern Taiwan is likely to see rain, the bureau said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel