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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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A traffic checkpoint is set up at the entrance to Hehuan Mountain (合歡山), yesterday. Many people went to Hehuan Mountain to view the newly fallen snow, but since the snow had accumulated past a certain amount, every car needed to be equipped with tire chains before passing the checkpoint.

(CNA)

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