Strongest cold wave of the season grips South Korea, -17 °C (1.4 °F) expected

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According to the Korea Meteorological Agency, the strongest cold wave of the 2017/18 season began Monday, December 11, 2017, and will last throughout this week. 

Accompanied by strong winds, temperatures plummeted to -10 °C (14 °F) on Monday morning and are forecasted to drop even further on Tuesday, reaching -17 °C (1.4 °F), KMA said. Seoul is expected to freeze at -12 °C (10.4 °F).

The agency issued Heavy Snow advisories today for Seocheon and Boryeong in South Chungcheong Province, Jeongeup, Iksan, Gimje, Gunsan, Buan and Gochang in North Jeolla Province and expanded to Boryeong, Seocheon, Haenam, Muan, Mokpo, Sinan (Heuksan-myeon) exemption), Jindo, Gochang, Buan, Gunsan, Gimje, Jangsu, Imsil, Sunchang, Iksan, Jeongeup, Namwon, Ulleungdo.Dokdo and Jeju-do mountainous territory for Tuesday, December 12.

By Tuesday, 5 to 15 cm (2 – 6 inches) of snow is expected on the western coast of the Jeolla provinces, 3 – 10 cm (1.2 – 4 inches) in inland Jeolla provinces and mountain areas of Jeju Island. 1 – 3 cm (0.4 – 1.2 inches) is expected through the rest of Jeju Island and inland areas of the Chungcheong provinces.

In addition, a Strong Wind Warning is in effect for Ulleungdo.Dokdo for Tuesday, Cold Wave warning is effect for Pyeongchang flatland, Hoengseong, Cheorwon, Hwacheon, Hongcheon flatland, Chuncheon and Inje flatland.

Temperatures on Tuesday morning will range between -2 °C (28.4 °F) and -17 °C (1.4 °F). Daily highs will range between -6 °C (21.2 °F) and 3 °C (39.2 °F), KMA said.

"Due to the influence of a continental anticyclone expanding from northern China, most regions in Korea will see clear skies until Wednesday, December 13. The western coast of South Chungcheong Province, Jeolla provinces and Jeju Island, however, will see partially cloudy skies and snow," the KMA said, as reported by The Korea Herald.

Featured image: Surface temperatures and winds at 15:00 UTC on December 11, 2017. Credit: EarthNullSchool

 

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