On Wednesday, Beijing got an unexpected snowfall, which caused major traffic problems and flight disruptions. They expect snow to fall throughout Thursday and into Friday morning and temperatures to remain around -5 degrees Celsius, although they dipped as low as -10 this past week. Officials issued a fog warning on Wednesday as well, which reduced visibility to 500 m in some places.
As of 6:00 pm on Wednesday, 22 flights were delayed and three flights were cancelled at Beijing Capital International Airport. It took 400 workers and 40 snowplows to clear the tarmac for the 32 flights that operated on Wednesday. There were also 13 bus lines with delays on the Beijing section of the Beijing-Hong Kong-Macao Expressway and the subway had to put non-slip mats and slippery warnings at the entrances to the subway.
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