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  • A rare sandy snowstorm hit northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region on Dec. 1 delaying flights at Urumqi Diwopu International Airport and leaving 4000 passengers stranded. Photo: VCG

_Gallery: Rare 'Yellow Snow' Blankets Northwest China as Sandstorm Meets Blizzard
     
     
    A rare sandy snowstorm hit northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region on Dec. 1 delaying flights at Urumqi Diwopu International Airport and leaving 4000 passengers stranded. Photo: VCG
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Gallery: Rare 'Yellow Snow' Blankets Northwest China

Sand and ice and powerful winds wreaked havoc on commuters in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region

12.04.2018
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A rare sandy snowstorm hit northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region on Dec. 1 delaying flights at Urumqi Diwopu International Airport and leaving 4000 passengers stranded. Photo: VCG
Xinjiang Meteorological Station chief He Qing said the “yellow snow” was caused by a strong cold front which formed powerful winds that carried sand from around Xinjiang’s northern city of Karamay south. Photo: VCG
Traffic slowed to a standstill in Urumqi during the storm on Dec. 1. Meteorologists expected the harsh conditions to be concentrated in Xinjiang but said nearby regions might experience similar weather. Photo: VCG
A layer of sand could be seen deposited on the top of the white snow on Dec. 1. Photo: VCG 
Passengers were stranded in Urumqi Railway Station on Dec. 1 when the harsh weather interrupted train services. Photo: VCG 
A sanitation worker cleans up the sandy snow. Photo: VCG

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Gallery: Rare 'Yellow Snow' Blankets Northwest China