Japan: Rare heavy snowfall hits Tokyo


Tokyo is dressed in white, where the roads are covered with snow today, a rare phenomenon in recent years, which has resulted in the cancellation of more than 100 domestic flights.

The Japan Meteorological Agency warned that up to 10 centimeters of snow could fall in 12 hours, while it issued an alarm for the wider area of ​​the Japanese capital, the first since 2018, announcing heavy snowfall.

An official at Haneda Airport, one of Tokyo's two airports, told AFP that 118 domestic flights had been canceled, without being able to say how many passengers had been affected.

No international flights have been canceled so far, another official said.

There have been delays on some of Tokyo suburban services, the JR East Railways announced on its website.

The snow started to fall around noon local time and by 15.00 local time in the afternoon, the height had already reached 5 cm, while the thermometers were showing below 0 degrees Celsius.

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