7 Jan 21 – More than a foot of snow. Traffic grinds to a halt. Extreme cold. Jeju under a cold wave warning for first time in 57 years.
South Korea is experiencing a serious chill today. Lots of snow and sub-freezing temperatures.
Cold wave alerts are pretty much in place everywhere with a cold wave warning in Seoul for the first time in three years. Mountainous areas of the southern island of Jeju are under a cold wave warning for the first time in 57 years, the first cold wave warning since the nation introduced such alert systems in 1964.
The heavy buildup of snow started last night in Seoul with about 4 centimeters piling up, while mountainous regions on Jeju saw over 40 centimeters. Right now, snow is falling on the Chuncheong-do and Jeolla-do provinces as well as Jeju, which is under a heavy snow advisory.
West of Jeolla-do Province will see 30 centimeters (one foot) more snow, Ullengdo-and Dokdo will see heavy snow from this afternoon so be extra careful on the roads. The roads will be covered with ice and snow.
It’s going to be a chaotic morning commute with snow and icy cold weather, travel with care. The wind makes it feel like minus 21 degrees Celsuis in Seoul so bundle up.
Icy roads and blistering cold wreak havoc on Seoul commuters
Traffic ground to a halt and commuters in Seoul were forced to abandon their cars on Wednesday night after a sudden snowstorm struck during rush hour. And getting to work on Thursday was just as much of a hassle.
“Near Nambu Bus Terminal in Seoul, buses and cars are barely moving forward along the icy pavement. Some are even stuck where they are, their wheels spinning in vain.”
And those who opted to take the subway couldn’t steer clear of the chaos either. The blistering cold led to technical malfunctions on Line 1 and 4 at around seven thirty in the morning.
And of course, for pedestrians, the sidewalk was practically an ice rink.
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