Snow disrupts traffic in Beijing

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BEIJING, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) — Flights have been canceled and bus routes adjusted in Beijing as moderate snow hit the capital Monday morning, according to local authorities.

As of 2:30 p.m. Monday, 50 outbound flights and 66 inbound flights had been canceled at Beijing Capital International Airport, data on its website showed.

Twenty-nine bus routes had been altered or suspended as of 10 a.m. due to the snow and frozen roads, the local commission of transport said.

Beijing issued a blue alert for heavy snow on Sunday, which is the lowest in the capital’s four-tier warning system.

The average precipitation from 7 p.m. Sunday to 9 a.m. Monday reached 3.9 mm, and the snow is expected to gradually end around noon, according to the local meteorological authority.

More than 50,000 people and over 6,500 vehicles are working to remove snow in the city, local authorities said.

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