‘Rare’ Snow Complicates Life in South Korea

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Image: via the office of Seoraksan National Park in Gangwon Province, shows snow accumulated at a shelter on Mount Seorak, Wednesday. Yonhap

Korea JoongAng Daily reported that Gangwon South Korea experienced a ‘rare’ event on May 16, heavy spring snow.

“Gangwon experienced more than 40 centimeters (16 inches) of snowfall on Thursday, prompting an unprecedented mid-May snow advisory,” wrote Korea JoongAng Daily. “The snowfall began on Wednesday evening [May 15], leading the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) to issue a heavy snow advisory.

“This marked the first heavy snow advisory issued in mid-May or later since data collection began in 1996,” Korea JoongAng Daily said.

The snow on some mountain peaks was even greater. The KMA’s snow advisory contained a warning that “snowfall could reduce visibility for drivers, urging extra precautions on the road.”

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