Unseasonal May snow falls in South Korea for the first time in 22 years

Unseasonal May snow falls in South Korea for the first time in 22 years

Up to 18.5 cm (7.3 inches) of snow fell in parts of Gangwon Province, South Korea, from Saturday evening to Sunday morning, May 1 to 2, 2021. It was the first time in 22 years that it has snowed in South Korea in the month of May.

The Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) reported that up to 18.5 cm (7.3 inches) of snow blanketed Gangwon over the weekend, which was unusual for the month of May when summer weather conditions are usually seen across the country. 

Areas surrounding the Taebaek mountain range saw light to heavy snow, while other cities and counties saw rain from Saturday night to early Sunday morning.

Guryongryeong registered more than 18 cm (7 inches) of snow. Rainfall amount reached 61.6 mm (2.4 inches) for Jinbuyeong, 58.5 mm (2.3 inches) for Misiryeong, 49 mm (1.9 inches) for Sokcho, 38 mm (1.5 inches) for Yangyang, and 29 mm (1.1 inches) for Gangneung.

According to local media, it was the first time in 22 years that it has snowed in South Korea in May.

As of Sunday, the heavy snow alert had been lifted.

Featured image credit: MBN News/YouTube


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