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Cold snap to rage this week.

Bundle up before going out a or just curl up indoors with hot coffee a because a freeze is on the way this week.

According to the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) Sunday, temperatures will fall below zero across the country Monday and stay there throughout the week.

The cold spell will likely disrupt traffic as roads are expected to be frozen after snow and rain fell across the country Sunday. Starting from central regions, light snow and rain covered most parts of the country by the end of the day.

Temperatures in Seoul are forecast to drop to below minus 10 degrees Celsius. According to the KMA, Tuesday and Wednesday will be the coldest days.

In most cities in northern Gyeonggi and Gangwon provinces, even colder weather is expected. Temperatures may fall below -14C in Chuncheon early Tuesday and Wednesday.

From Monday to Tuesday, snow is forecast for the west coast in the Chungcheong and Jeolla provinces.

Jeju Island may be among the few regions where temperatures stay above zero this week. But light snow will fall there from Monday to Wednesday.

On Sunday, Seoul and most parts of Gyeonggi Province had an average of one centimeter of snow. In eastern Gyeonggi and Gangwon provinces, up to 15 centimeters of snow fell.

On Sunday morning, snow temporarily closed the Bukak Skyway and roads in mountainous districts in Seoul. A railway transit operation in Euijeongbu, Gyeonggi Province, was also halted.

The KMA has advised everyone to pay particular attention to health until the end of the cold snap.

Icy weather has already started to disrupt traffic in some cities. According to the Gyeonggi Fire and Rescue Department, there were 46 traffic accidents between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. Sunday after early morning snow made roads icy. Six people were taken to hospital.

Two people were injured in a chain collision of 24 vehicles at around 6:15 a.m. Following the first collision, vehicles behind crashed into one another on the icy road.

Earlier, two people were injured in two separate collisions on a highway in Gunpo. The fire department believes the icy road was also the cause.

Police have advised drivers to take extra care.

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Publication:The Korea Times News (Seoul, Korea)
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Date:Dec 10, 2017
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