Heavy Snow Hits Seoul and Gyeonggi Province, Disrupting Traffic

SEOUL: Seoul and parts of the surrounding Gyeonggi Province experienced heavy snowfall on Saturday, with further snow or rain expected across many regions of South Korea ahead of the new year.

According to Yonhap News Agency, a heavy snow advisory was issued for the entire capital, excluding southwestern Seoul, as well as parts of Gyeonggi Province and most areas in the eastern province of Gangwon as of 1 p.m. This advisory is typically issued when snowfall is expected to reach 5 centimeters or more within a 24-hour period.

In the eastern and central parts of Seoul, heavy snowfall led to an accumulation of 7.5 centimeters by 1 p.m. Residents were seen walking along a street near Deoksu Palace in central Seoul amidst the snowfall. To address the snow accumulation, the city government mobilized 4,689 personnel and 1,218 pieces of equipment for snow removal efforts throughout the capital.

The snowfall resulted in minor traffic collisions and led to partial traffic restrictions on a five-lane road in central Seoul, among other disruptions. The weather agency also reported light rainfall or snowfall in the eastern parts of Gyeonggi Province and South Chungcheong Province, with less than 0.1 mm of rain or 0.1 cm of snow expected.

Further, the KMA indicated the possibility of additional heavy snow warnings in the broader capital region and inland areas of Gangwon Province due to snow clouds approaching from the Yellow Sea.

For Sunday, the forecast across South Korea is for cloudy weather, with rain or snow in the morning and potential heavy snowfall in the coastal areas of Gangwon Province in the afternoon.

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