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Heavy snow impacts traffic in east China

Airports and expressways in east China's Jiangsu province have been affected by heavy snow that hit the region from Monday evening to Tuesday.

Nanjing Lukou International Airport reopened at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday after closing for nearly 12 hours, with several flights canceled or delayed.

Airlines have resumed operations, according to the airport.

Jiangsu traffic authorities said highways across the province were open despite some minor traffic accidents, but advised drivers to drive slowly and carefully in icy conditions.

Bullet trains heading for Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou reduced their speeds over safety considerations and some routes were canceled, the provincial railway department said.

The meteorological department of the provincial capital of Nanjing issued warnings regarding temperature drops and icy conditions.

The provincial educational department issued an emergency notice on school safety. Educational authorities in the province's cities of Nanjing, Wuxi, Zhenjiang, Yangzhou and Changzhou ordered the start of the spring semester, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday, to be postponed for another day or two.

The provincial meteorological station said Nanjing saw 12 to 21 cm of snow as of Tuesday morning.

Heavy snow also blanketed east China's Anhui province Monday evening.

As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, 309,000 residents in five cities in Anhui had been affected by the snow, according to statistics from local authorities.

Ninety houses were toppled and 114 others were damaged as a result of the snow, causing direct economic losses of 84 million yuan (13.38 million U.S. dollars). Some expressways were forced to close temporarily.

Anhui has received 6 to 12 cm of snow thus far.

Anhui's provincial meteorological station forecast that the snow will end on Wednesday.

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