Freezing weather pounds SW China again

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GUIYANG. January 17. KAZINFORM Snow and icy rain hit southwest China's Guizhou Province again Monday as the cold snap was moving eastward, said meteorological authorities. Kazinform refers to Xinhua.

Electricity cables were coated in ice in 11 counties or cities in the province, said the Guizhou Meteorological Observatory spokesman.

More snow and icy rain are expected for Guizhou over the next two days.

In neighboring Sichuan Province, snow covered its capital Chengdu for the fifth time this winter on Monday, the most times in the last 10 years, said the province's meteorological observatory spokesman.

Heavy snow in Guangyuan City of Sichuan forced the Beijing-Kunming Expressway to close for three hours on Sunday, according to traffic police.

Freezing weather and icy rain will spread from southwest China to eastern China over the next three days, plunging temperatures in more provinces, said the National Meteorological Center.

Temperatures are expected to fall in southwest China, in particular Tibet Autonomous Region, and eastern coastal regions, it said in a statement on its website. Kazinform cites Xinhua. See www.xinhaunet.com

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