Season's 1st Snow Sprinkles Seoul

  • By Kim Eun-gyeong

    November 11, 2021 09:01

    The first snow of the season fell in Seoul on Wednesday, a whole month earlier than last year and 10 days earlier than average.

    Light snow was observed at the Korea Meteorological Administration's weather observation station in Jongno, Seoul around 6:10 a.m.

    Suwon in Gyeonggi Province and Chuncheon in Gangwon Province also had their first snow of the season, but it melted as soon as it touched the ground.

    There are fears that the early snow presages a particularly cold winter, but in a three-month weather outlook last month, the KMA predicted that temperatures from November to January will highly likely be similar or a only little colder than in previous years.

    Snow dusts central Seoul on early Wednesday morning. /Yonhap

    Rain or snow is expected across the country for the rest of the week, with strong winds making it feel even colder.

    Morning lows were between -3 and 10 degrees Celsius on Thursday and daytime highs will be between seven and 15 degrees. The lowest morning temperatures were 1 degree in Seoul, -2 degrees in Chuncheon, 3 degrees in Daejeon, and 5 degrees in Daegu. Three to 8 cm of snow is expected in mountainous parts of Jeju Island.

    The cold snap will hit its peak on Friday and Saturday, with morning lows dropping to freezing point, before rising again to the seasonal average on Sunday. But another cold air mass arrives from the northwest next week.

    Ban Ki-sung at private weather forecaster Kweather said, "Temperatures will fluctuate dramatically as the weather will abruptly turn cold due to a cold continental anticyclone."

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