After this winter, we may have to reconsider what to tell people when they ask us what the weather’s like in Shanghai. While snow used to be a once in a blue moon kind of thing, we can’t seem to stop running into the stuff this year. Luckily, they do make for some nice pictures – you guys started submitting pretty shots of a white Shanghai basically as soon as the stuff started falling. So, to commemorate this weird weather, here’s the best pictures of the last few days.
Also, a few facts:
- This was the biggest snowstorm of the past three years with falls of up to 13 millimeters! In fact, yesterday Shanghai recorded its biggest (i’m guessing, individual) snowfall in 30 years with a depth of up to 54 millimeters in “some urban area.”
- The snowstorm caused the worst disruption of air traffic since 2008 at Shanghai’s two airports. More than 520 flights, domestic and international, had been delayed at Hongqiao and Pudong airports because of the weather and between 25,000 to 30,000 were stranded.
- It also caused the cancellation of 620 long-distance bus services at the city’s two major bus stations after snow had closed expressways. Tens of thousands of passengers had to be given ticket refunds.
- And 5,000 local construction sites were ordered to stop work on high buildings to prevent accidents. Though maybe that means the air will be cleaner later on this week? Silver linings!
For some more pictures of the snowstorm in mainstream media, check this out.