According to the Korea Meteorological Administration, parts of Gyeongsang Province here in the south can expect 1-5 cm with the eastern part of Gangwon Province receiving a whopping 10-50 cm.
The winter wonderland has stranded hundreds of motorists and collapsed dozens of buildings, as a meter of snow fell in some regions over the weekend. According to the Chosun Ilbo, snow began falling on Friday and stopped at about 5 p.m. on Saturday. Gangneung saw 77.7 centimeters of snow on Friday, the heaviest since the city began weather observations in 1911. Samcheok was hit with 120 centimeters of snow, Donghae 100.1 centimers, and Daegwallyeong 56.3 centimeters, according to the KMA.
In Busan, light snow showers started falling about 4 a.m., and by 9 a.m., the Busan Meteorological Administration had issued a heavy snow warning for Busan, Ulsan, Changwon, Gimhae, and Milyang. This is the first major snowfall since Busan recorded 5.1 centimeters last March 10th.
Flights in and out of Kimhae International Airport have been cancelled or diverted due to the heavy snow in western Busan. Traffic has been a major headache for most of the day, as numerous accidents have been reported around the city. Cars are travelling at speeds about 25 km/hr, and bus and taxi service is also running slower today, due to the heavy volume of people using public transportation.
The snow may not stay for long however – the forecast for Busan is expected to reach 8’C by tomorrow, and 10’C on Wednesday, with sunny skies, then rain coming by the end of the week. So, enjoy it while it lasts.