June 21 - Rare June snow blankets northwest China. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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A rare June snowstorm hit China's northwest on Wednesday (June 19), state media reported.
Snow began falling Tuesday (June 18) night in Bayanbulak, Xinjiang province, a region known for its livestock industry, state-run broadcaster CCTV said.
State tv showed fields and buildings covered in thick coats of snow.
Although there have been more reports of snow and low temperatures disrupting infrastructure, CCTV said that snow is considered a positive sign in the midst of the recent drought.
Despite the heavy amount of snowfalls Xinjiang faces every winter, snowfall during mid summer is uncommon, CCTV said.
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