A chemical factory explodes in Yushe county, North China's Shanxi province, killing at least three.
- A severe dust storm impacts North China, causing flight cancellations at Beijing Capital International Airport.
- A 56-vehicle pile-up on the G5 Beijing-Kunming Expressway in China's northern Shanxi province, leaves at least 17 people dead and 37 others injured.
- Torrential precipitation and widespread flash floods from an extratropical cyclone resulted in at least 78 deaths over North China and nearby regions.
- Luo Huining leaves his position as party chief of Qinghai and becomes party chief of Shanxi province, replacing Wang Rulin.
- The Chinese government warns residents in Northern China to prepare for a wave of choking smog arriving over the weekend and lasting through Tuesday, with Beijing affected hardest. The capital city issues its second-ever "red alert" -- the first was announced on December 7, 2015. This alert triggers the odd-even license plate system to halve cars on the road, and recommends schools close. China's National Meteorological Center reports the pollution will stretch from Xi'an, across part of Central China, through Beijing and up into Shenyang and Harbin in China's frigid northeast.