Snowstorms Hit North China, Beijing Cancels 450 Flights

By Ella Wong, November 23, 2015

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North China was hit by severe snowstorms over the weekend, causing travel chaos in Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei and Inner Mongolia.Snow grounds hundreds of flights at Beijing airport Beijing Capital International Airport cancelled 150 flights on Saturday and 300 flights on Sunday, according to Sina, causing further delays today.Beijing airport snowRoads and rail were also affected with six highways running through Beijing closed and high-speed trains from the capital to Guangzhou, Shanghai and Tianjin forced to operate at slower speeds.North China snowstorms close highwaysThe severe weather is expected to continue this week, with a cold front from Siberia causing temperatures to plummet 5-10 C (9-18 F) below normal across much of northern China and 8-10 C (14-18 F) below normal in the capital, with high temperatures of -7 to -4 C (20-25 F) in Beijing from Tuesday through Friday, according to air from Siberia to bring temperaures down in China this weekBy Wednesday, that frigid air will hit Shanghai, bringing the mercury down to a bracing 2 C (35 F) and potentially below freezing on Thursday.

One upside to the snow, it sure did look pretty. Great Wall blanketed in snow

Snow covers Beijing's Forbidden City

Snow covers Beijing's Tiantan

Bear cub in Beijing zoo 

Snow in Tianjin park

[Photos via Sina, NBC, Xinhua, Shanghai Daily]

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