A rare April snowfall that blanketed Yushan (玉山) yesterday was brought on by low temperatures and the arrival of a frontal system from southeastern China, the Central Weather Bureau said.
The bureau’s observation center in Yushan said snow began to fall at about midnight and lasted until 5:50am, reaching a depth of 2.5cm.
The bureau said that light snow and hail also fell in Yushan during the Tomb Sweeping Day holiday, but there was not enough to settle on the ground.
Records from the bureau showed that the temperature on Yushan dropped to minus-0.3oC early yesterday morning. It was the combination of cold temperatures with the increased humidity caused by the frontal system that led to the snowfall, the bureau said.
Although it is unusual to see snow on Yushan at this time of the year, the bureau said that more snow could come next month. The nation’s highest peak saw May snowfall in 2000 and 2011, the bureau said.
Meanwhile, those planning a weekend getaway may want to take their raincoats and umbrellas with them because the bureau has forecast that the chance of rain will be high across the nation this weekend due to another frontal system that is scheduled to arrive on Saturday.
People heading to Yilan or anywhere in north and central Taiwan should expect showers and thundershowers. Chances of showers will also be high in Hualien, Taitung and mountainous areas in the south, while cloudy skies are forecast for the rest of the nation.