Highways closed, flights cancelled in N China amid heavy snow

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Expressways were closed, flights were cancelled and ferry services were halted Tuesday in north China as heavy snow and stronggales hit Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Liaoning and Shandong provinces.
The China Central Meteorological Station said snow had fallen in thecentral region of Inner Mongolia, the northern part of Xinjiang Uygur AutonomousRegion as well as the northeastern provinces of Jilin and Liaoning.The station said temperatures in Inner Mongolia would drop by 10 degrees Celsius over the next three days.
The main bus station in Hohhot, capital city of Inner Mongolia, began cancelling all long-distance coach services on Tuesday morning after the first snow of the season blanketed the city.
Meanwhile, heavy snow has continued to fall in Liaoning, and some parts of the province are expected to experience blizzard conditions.
As of 4 p.m., some sections of, and entrances to more than eight majorexpressways in Liaoning, including the Beijing-Shenyang Expressway, had blockedmotor vehicles from entering due to icy road conditions, according to the provincial traffic department.
The road closures have resulted in the suspension of many long-distance coach services in Liaoning.
A spokesperson for the Taoxian Airport of Shenyang, capital city of Liaoning, told Xinhua Tuesday evening that the airport would be closed until 11 p.m. due to heavy snow.
Maritime authorities in the coastal city of Yantai in Shandong Province have issued a yellow alert for sea waves Tuesday as strong gales are imminent.
All ferry services between Yantai and Dalian, Liaoning Province were suspendedTuesday afternoon.
China has a four-color coded sea wave and storm surge warning system.Red is the most serious level, followed by orange, yellow and blue.