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(LEAD) More snow hits S. Korea, threatening rush hour traffic

All News 17:16 January 12, 2021

(ATTN: UPDATES with heavy snow advisory being issued in Seoul in 4th para)

SEOUL, Jan. 12 (Yonhap) -- The capital area began to see snowfall Tuesday afternoon as weather authorities warned of a bigger flurry around evening rush hour.

The Korea Meteorological Administration said the snowfall will be heaviest from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the capital and central regions, with the greater Seoul area receiving up to 3 centimeters of snow and the adjacent areas of Gangwon Province receiving up to 5 cm.

"We expect there to be traffic congestion as the heavy snowfall will occur around evening rush hour," a KMA official said.

A heavy snow advisory took effect for all parts of Seoul by 4:30 p.m. An advisory is issued when the snowfall is expected to reach 5 cm or more within 24 hours.

Other parts of the country are also under an advisory, including Seosan and Taean in South Chungcheong Province, Gochang, North Jeolla Province, and Jangseong, South Jeolla Province.

An advisory has been issued for most of the southern island of Jeju, with its mountainous areas expected to receive up to 9 cm of snow.

Last week, the country was hit by a combination of record low temperatures, heavy snow and strong winds, leading to frozen and ruptured water pipes at homes, delays in air and sea travel and a near standstill on roads.

The Seoul city government said Tuesday that as of noon it had deployed around 4,000 workers and 1,000 pieces of equipment to remove the snow.

The local government drew fire last week for being slow to clear the roads of snow despite warnings from the weather agency.

People wait in the snow for buses near Gwanghwamun Square in central Seoul on Jan. 12, 2021. (Yonhap)
A health care worker enjoys the snow at a COVID-19 testing center set up at a parking lot in Yangcheon Ward, western Seoul, on Jan. 12, 2021. (Yonhap)
Mount Halla on Jeju Island is covered with snow on Jan. 12, 2021. (Yonhap)
A Jongno Ward worker sprays calcium chloride on pedestrian paths in the district in Seoul on Jan. 12, 2021. (Yonhap)
People walk under falling snow on Ewha Womans University's campus in Seoul on Jan. 12, 2021. (Yonhap)
A snowplow sprays calcium chloride on roads amid snowfall in Seoul's central Jongno Ward on Jan. 12, 2021. (Yonhap)


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