China raises snowstorm alert level
The National Meteorological Center (NMC) raised alert to orange at 6 p.m., following a yellow alert issued earlier the day.
China has a four-tier warning system for severe weather, with red being the most serious, followed by orange, yellow and blue.
Parts of Anhui, Henan, Hubei, Jiangsu, Shaanxi, Shandong and Shanxi can expect up to 30 cm of snow, the NMC said.
The center has activated a level III emergency response for severe weather, urging local authorities to take precautions regarding roads, railways, electricity supplies and telecommunications. ■