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Heavy snow shuts down roads, hits flights in Beijing

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • State media: 200-plus flights postponed, canceled at Beijing Capital International Airport
  • State media: Parts of Beijing received 12cms of snow Sunday
  • Monday's forecast was for a low of minus 19 Celsius (minus 2 degrees Fahrenheit)
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BEIJING, China (CNN) -- Heavy snow blanketed Beijing on Sunday, shutting roads, disrupting public transit, and delaying or canceling at least 200 flights, state media reported.

Some parts of Beijing received 12 centimeters (about 5 inches) of snow Sunday, China Daily said.

As of mid-morning, more than 200 flights had been postponed or canceled at Beijing Capital International Airport, the newspaper reported.

"Luckily, we are still in the new year holiday. More people could be affected tomorrow," said area resident Liu Juan, according to China Daily.

Liu was out enjoying views of snow, which had led to dozens of bus routes being delayed or suspended, the newspaper said.

Temperatures were expected to fall to lows of minus 10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit) on Sunday, the Central Meteorological Station said, according to China Daily.

Monday's forecast was for a low of minus 19 Celsius (minus 2 degrees Fahrenheit).

-- CNN's John Vause contributed to this report.