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1st snow of winter falls on Taiwan's Xueshan

10 cm of snow fell on Xueshan Cirque No. 1 at an elevation of 3,500 meters

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10 cm of snow recorded on Xueshan on Dec. 7. (Shei-Pa National Park Headquarters photo)

10 cm of snow recorded on Xueshan on Dec. 7. (Shei-Pa National Park Headquarters photo)

Update: 12/07/2023 12:00 p.m.

Rangers from the Shei-Pa National Park Headquarters reported that as of 6 a.m. on Thursday (Dec. 7), 10 cm of snow had fallen on Xueshan Cirque No. 1, per UDN.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The first snowfall of this winter was reported on Xueshan on Wednesday (Dec. 6).

Due to the northeasterly monsoon and eastward movement of moisture from southern China, the weather in the central, northern, and northeastern parts of Taiwan has become more damp and cool.

According to the Shei-Pa National Park Headquarters, it received reports from hikers Wednesday morning that snow had fallen on Xueshan Cirque No. 1, which is at an elevation of 3,500 meters, as well as 369 Cabin, reported UDN. Although the snowfall was not heavy, it surprised hikers in the area.

1st snow of winter falls on Taiwan's Xueshan
(Shei-Pa National Park Headquarters photo)

Shei-Pa National Park Headquarters Deputy Director Hsu Chia-hsiang (許嘉祥) said hiking trails may become icy after nightfall. Hsu reminds hikers to take adequate measures for warmth during winter trekking.

Hsu also reminded hikers that from Jan. 2 to March 31, snow season park entry and mountain climbing management will be implemented to serve those hiking during the snow season.

1st snow of winter falls on Taiwan's Xueshan
(Shei-Pa National Park Headquarters photo)

Vehicles ascending high altitudes also need snow tire chains. Meanwhile, mountain climbers should prepare three essential items for snowy terrain: crampons, ice axes, and a climbing helmet.

In the event of adverse weather conditions or situations where snow may turn into ice, individuals should carefully assess their physical condition to ensure safety, said Hsu.

1st snow of winter falls on Taiwan's Xueshan
(Shei-Pa National Park Headquarters photo)

1st snow of winter falls on Taiwan's Xueshan
(Shei-Pa National Park Headquarters photo)

1st snow of winter falls on Taiwan's Xueshan
(Shei-Pa National Park Headquarters photo)

1st snow of winter falls on Taiwan's Xueshan
(Shei-Pa National Park Headquarters photo)

1st snow of winter falls on Taiwan's Xueshan
(Shei-Pa National Park Headquarters photo)

1st snow of winter falls on Taiwan's Xueshan
(Shei-Pa National Park Headquarters photo)

1st snow of winter falls on Taiwan's Xueshan
(Outdoor Taiwan photo)

1st snow of winter falls on Taiwan's Xueshan
(Shei-Pa National Park Headquarters photo)