Dry weather, cold temperatures forecast for Wednesday

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Hehuanshan covered by snow.

Hehuanshan covered by snow.

Taipei, Jan. 10 (CNA) Hints of sunlight were appearing throughout Taiwan on Wednesday morning as the rain of the past few days gave way to dry weather, but low temperatures are likely to remain until Saturday, the Central Weather Bureau said.

Skies in northern Taiwan were visibly brighter Wednesday morning with less moisture in the air, while the rain was expected to let up in central and southern Taiwan in the afternoon, CWB forecaster Yen Tseng-hsi (顏增璽) said.

Temperatures around the country remained chilly, with the low in New Taipei's Tamsui falling further than it did on Tuesday to 8.1 degrees Celsius in the early hours of the morning, the lowest recorded in Taiwan's low-lying areas this winter.

Weather stations also recorded lows of 9.1 degrees in Banqiao, 9.2 degrees in Hsinchu, and around 10 degrees in many parts of northern Taiwan, Yen said.

Temperatures could still fall to 8-10 degrees in southern Taiwan and to 7 degrees in coastal areas in the coming days before warm temperatures return on Saturday, he said.

Several mountains in the country experienced snowfall on Wednesday, including Jade Mountain, Hehuanshan and Taipingshan.

According to the weather station on Jade Mountain, Taiwan's tallest peak, 4.2 centimeters of snow had accumulated on the mountain as of 7 a.m., with snow continuing to fall.

It also snowed nonstop on Hehuanshan from late Tuesday night to early Wednesday morning, blanketing the mountain in 15 centimeters of snow that has many calling it a "winter wonderland."

Due to the accumulation of snow on Hehuanshan, traffic on a section of Provincial Highway No. 14, from Cuifeng in Nantou to Dayuling in Hualien is being limited to vehicles with tire chains, the police said.

(By Chen Wei-ting, Hsiao Po-yang, Worthy Shen and Kuan-lin Liu)

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