Artificial snow in China closes 12 highways
Twelve major roads in Beijing were closed yesterday due to heavy snow falling on the capital. However, this snow was artificial as the clouds above were seeded with chemicals to make it snow.
The northern province of Hebei, which is hit hardest by the drought had most of their highways closed in the hope that the moisture would help the incredibly dry land.
"The snow has brought moisture to the soil, which may help end the drought," Guo Yingchun, a senior engineer of the provincial meteorological observatory, was quoted as saying.
She said that 313 cigarette-size sticks of silver iodide were fired into the clouds from Wednesday night to Thursday morning, "a procedure that made the snow a lot heavier."
This is the longest drought in 38 years, but it is expected to keep 'snowing' for a little longer now.