Heavy snowfall and thick ice layer covered O Quy Ho Mountain Pass in Sa Pa district, the northern province of Lao Cai as temperature was recorded at minus one Celsius degree on December 15.

This type of weather, while not common, occasionally occurs in the highest mountains in the north during winter.

The snowfall attracts tourists to Sa Pa , causing congestions from the provincial capital of Lao Cai to the resort town.

From the height of 1,500m above the sea level, icy sheets were about 2.5 cm, while the temperature continued plunging in foggy and dizzy weather.

Earlier on December 13, heavy rains hit the entire Lao Cai province with rainfall of 30-50 cm. In Sa Pa , the temperature dropped to 5-7 Celsius degree.

According to the Lao Cai Hydrometeorological Forecasting Centre, another cold spell is expected to hit the province, making the locality even freezer. The centre also warned of strong wind, whirlwind and hail that can bring huge losses for local residents.-VNA