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Rare Snowstorm Hits Sapa

Sapa, which is known to get light dustings of snow from time to time, was hit by a rare snowstorm on December 15 causing a massive 5km traffic jam.

The snow, measuring between 5 – 10cm, blocked the O Quy Ho mountain pass in Sapa on Sunday morning. Snow continued to fall as temperatures dropped throughout the day:

“Nguyen Phuc Thanh, a forest official in charge of managing the Nui Xe mountain area, said that as of 9:30 am today the temperature in O Quy Ho fell to about 2 degree Celsius while the temperature in the Nui Xe Mt area was under 0 degree Celsius.”

At an altitude of 2,200, Sapa is prone to snowfall in the winter months but large storms are rare.

Considering the state of Vietnam's roads, we can’t imagine what it would be like to drive them when covered in snow. Any volunteers? 

[Tuoi Tre]

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