CHIANG RAI — Netizens’ hope to see a white winter melted away today.
Following snowballing rumors on social media that northern Thailand would soon be blanketed in snow, meteorologist Sri Chaiyathon said it’s not going to happen, because it’s not possible.
Snowy speculation first surfaced Jan. 22 when some Pantip users noticed snow forecast by some online services over some parts of the north such as Doi Inthanon, the nation’s highest peak. Subzero temperatures recorded in the northern mountains also fueled imaginations.
But snow needs more than below-freezing temperatures, Sri said, including low-altitude clouds and other climate factors not found in Thailand.
Nonetheless, a small solace for cold-loving Thais: Sri said the cold spell will continue a few more days thanks to cold winds blowing from Myanmar.
FreeMeteo.com perpetuates the false notion that snow is coming to northern Thailand.
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