Residents use shovels to free cars buried under snow in China

Cars were buried under heavy snow before residents used shovels to free them from the blizzard in China.

Footage shows locals trying desperately to release their vehicles in the city of Tongliao in Inner Mongolia on November 9.

Large parts of northern China, including the capital Beijing, have this month been hit by freezing temperatures and the first snowfall of the year. It has sparked highway closures and flight and train cancellations.

China’s National Meteorological Agency raised an orange blizzard warning – the second-highest in China’s four-tiered alert system – as snowfall of up to 12 inches is forecasted in the following days.

The Beijing Meteorological Bureau said the winter weather struck around a month earlier than usual. Temperatures on Sunday fell to some of their lowest for the period in the past decade.