China’s meteorological authorities on Wednesday issued a blue alert for heavy snow in some regions of the country. From Wednesday morning till Thursday morning, snowstorms would hit parts of Gansu, Shaanxi, Henan and Hubei, with 3 to 6 centimetres of snowfall expected, said the National Meteorological Centre. In some areas, snowstorms are expected to drop over 8 centimetres of snow, authorities warned.

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The centre advised residents to stay indoors and urged local authorities to take precautions with roads, railways, electricity and telecommunications. China has a four tier colour-coded weather warning system, with red representing the most severe, followed by orange, yellow and blue.

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