Cold Snap Grips Korea

Temperatures plummeted across the country on Monday morning, reaching zero degree Celsius in Seoul and heralding an icy spell ahead.

The morning in Cheorwon and Daegwallyeong plunged to -4 and -6 degrees, and in Daejeon, Daegu and Busan to 1, 2, and 4 degrees.

According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, the cold weather will continue all week as a continental anticyclone expands. Morning temperatures in the capital will plunge to -2 degrees on Tuesday and Wednesday and -1 on Thursday and Friday. Many other parts of the country will also see subzero temperatures.

Children are bundled up against the cold in Sejongno, downtown Seoul on Sunday. Children are bundled up against the cold in Sejongno, downtown Seoul on Sunday.

Earlier, the KMA said the winter will arrive earlier and remain colder than in previous years due to a more powerful continental anticyclone.

Kim Hyun-kyung of the KMA said there will likely be drastic weather swings, with temperatures nose-diving suddenly until the end of November. In mid-December, temperatures will also remain lower than the average of -3 to -5 degrees

englishnews@chosun.com / Nov. 18, 2013 09:15 KST