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Winter chill brings snow to mountains as cold front and moisture combine

TAIPEI--Snow was recorded on some of Taiwan's major peaks amid a cold front combined with high moisture levels, the Central Weather Bureau said Thursday.

Both Yushan and Hehuanshan, as well as Alishan and Taipingshan, saw snow overnight as the cold spell sent the mercury plunging across Taiwan.

About 14 centimeters of snow accumulated between 8 p.m. Wednesday and 5 a.m. Thursday on Yushan, Taiwan's highest mountain, the bureau said.

The 3,952-meter peak also experienced its lowest temperature of this winter at minus 11.8 degrees Celsius, according to bureau data.

Hehuanshan also had its biggest snowfall since late last year, with an accumulation of 30 cm.

In addition, Alishan saw rare snow, with an accumulation of about 3 cm.

Chances of further snow could be reduced due to decreasing moisture, forecasters said, warning that temperatures across Taiwan would likely remain low throughout Thursday.

At night, lows could hover around 10 degrees in northern and central Taiwan, while open suburban areas might see the mercury drop to as low as 7 degrees, the bureau said.

The chill is expected to ease off from mid-Friday, with daytime highs likely to rise by 2-4 degrees islandwide, it said.

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Snow covers the top of Hehuan Mountain (合歡山), yesterday. Under the influence of a cold front and high moisture levels, many of Taiwan's tallest mountains received snow yesterday. Although it was not the first snow of the winter, many visitors still went to the mountain to see the snow.


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