Snow likely on 4 of Taiwan's mountains tonight

As cold air mass hits northern Taiwan, low temp of 10.8 seen in New Taipei, snow possible on 4 mountains tonight

Snow on Yushan. (CWB image)

Snow on Yushan. (CWB image)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- As a continental cold air mass blasts south into Taiwan, temperatures have dropped to as low as 10.8 degrees Celsius in northern Taiwan and snow in four of Taiwan's tallest peaks could occur as soon as tonight, according to Meteorologist Daniel Wu (吳德榮).

Wu said that a continental cold air mass arrived in full force Taiwan last night, with the lowest temperature recorded in Taiwan's urban areas this morning being 10.8 degrees at Fuguijiao in New Taipei City. Wu predicted that temperatures in northern Taiwan will continue to hover between 11 and 12 degrees until Tuesday (Feb. 26).

Wu says that from the second half of the day today, a cloud system will arrive from southern China, bringing cold air and moisture to northern and central Taiwan. From tonight to tomorrow, northern and central Taiwan will likely see heavy rain.

As for snow, Wu said there is a high probability that Yushan, Xueshan, and Nanhushan will see snowfall during this period. In addition, Hehuanshan is on the verge of hitting the freezing point (zero degrees Celsius), thus increasing the likelihood of snowfall there as well.

Wu said that cloud cover in southern Taiwan will also increase from tonight to tomorrow, and temperatures will continue to drop. Wu said temperatures will rise slightly on Monday (Feb. 25), but northern Taiwan will be cold and wet, while the rains in central Taiwan will slowly subside.

By Tuesday, Wu said that the weather will gradually improve and temperatures around the country will rise significantly. Only the northern coast and eastern half of the country will still have a chance of sporadic rainfall, said Wu.

By Wednesday (Feb. 27), Wu predicted that Taiwan will see sunny to partly cloudy skies and the warm, balmy weather seen last week will return. Wu advised, however, that there will still be large temperature fluctuations between day and night.