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Severe cold wave grips Korea, Asia and eastern United States Updated: 2016-01-25 18:21:17 KST

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"The cold-wave watch has continued for an 8th-straight day in some parts of the country as Monday's temperatures remain low."

According to the nation's weather agency, the Monday morning temperatures in Seoul was a bone-chilling minus 14 degrees Celsius, Daegu minus 11, and Busan minus 8.
Korea's southern regions also received warnings of heavy snow in the morning, while a record 1-hundred-30 centimeters of snow piled up in eastern island of Ulleung-do.
It's been eight days since ships couldn't approach or leave the island due to strong winds and waves causing the island to run out of daily necessities.

But conditions are easing, with temperatures forecast to return to seasonal norms from Tuesday.
Flights to and from Jeju-do island are also back to normal from Monday afternoon, ending the 42-hour suspension for some 87-thousand travellers stranded on the island.

Korea isn't the only country braving the severe cold spell.
A massive blizzard struck the U.S. East Coast over the weekend, and at least 19 people have died in storm-related accidents.
A state of emergency has been declared in eleven states and about 12-thousand flights have been canceled.
Washington, D. C., received 60 centimeters of snow, the second-highest since 1922.
And the federal offices in the capital will be closed on Monday.

China also suffers from the harsh cold spell, with some northern provinces reporting seasonal lows of 48 degrees below zero.
Hong Kong saw its coldest day in nearly 60 years on Sunday as the mercury plunged to three degrees Celsius.

But the cold wave is expected to let up soon, with temperatures around the world forecast to return to seasonal averages this week. Lee Ji-won, Arirang News.
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