This photo taken on January 25, 2018 shows shared bicycles covered in snow in Fuyang, in China's eastern Anhui province.China's central and eastern provinces have been hit by heavy snowfalls in recent days, causing disruptions to flight and train schedules. AFP Photo

BEIJING: Heavy snow continued to affect parts of China on Saturday, closing highways, causing train and flight cancellations, and even interrupting the final of a soccer match between Vietnam and Uzbekistan in a southern Chinese province.

In central Hubei province, sections of more than 30 highways were closed due to icy conditions, while the number of passing vehicles were restricted, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

The three railway stations in Wuhan, Hubei’s provincial capital, also cancelled more than 100 train trips.



This photo taken on January 25, 2018 shows traffic on a snow-covered street in Fuyang, in China's eastern Anhui province.China's central and eastern provinces have been hit by heavy snowfalls in recent days, causing disruptions to flight and train schedules. AFP Photo

As of 11:30 a.m. (0330 GMT), 95 flights had been cancelled at the Wuhan Tianhe International Airport, stranding about 1,200 passengers.

The airport at Nanning, capital of south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, had also cancelled 30 flights as of 10:50 a.m.

In Changzhou city in southern Jiangsu province, the second half of the Under-23 Asian Cup final was interrupted for an hour on Saturday afternoon as snow covered the soccer pitch and the mercury dipped to freezing.

Vietnam, long seen as an underdog, has defeated Australia, Iraq and Qatar to face Uzbekistan in the final, cheered on by Vietnamese at home and at the Changzhou Olympic Sports Centre.


People walk during a snowfall in Bozhou in China's eastern Anhui province on January 25, 2018. AFP Photo

On Friday, a unit of China’s State Oceanic Administration issued a blue alert for sea ice in a key port area in the north of the country, potentially disrupting commodities shipments.

The snowy conditions are expected to ease in the coming week, although temperatures will remain frigid. --Reuters

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