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Heavy Snowfall Blankets Tokyo and Surrounding Areas

Tokyo, February 05, 2024, The Europe Today: Tokyo and its neighboring areas experienced a substantial snowfall on Monday, resulting in widespread disruptions to transportation services and prompting authorities to advise the public to avoid unnecessary outings.

The Japan Meteorological Agency reported that not only mountainous regions in the Kanto-Koshin area but also central Tokyo is expected to accumulate snow due to the ongoing downfall. This weather phenomenon is anticipated to persist through Tuesday morning as a low-pressure system advances along the southern coast of Honshu, the main island of Japan, toward the east.

The peak of the snowfall is projected to occur late on Monday night, and commuters should be prepared for potentially hazardous conditions on the roads the following morning, as a temperature drop is expected.

The impact of the heavy snowfall has led to significant disruptions in the transportation sector. All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines collectively canceled over 100 flights, predominantly departing from or arriving at Tokyo’s Haneda airport on Monday afternoon. This has affected more than 11,000 travelers.

To ensure public safety, East Japan Railway Co. has made the decision to suspend some limited express train services on the Chuo Line starting Monday evening. Additionally, major expressways in and around Tokyo, including the Tomei Expressway and Metropolitan Expressway, have been partially closed according to operators’ announcements.

Recognizing the potential risks associated with the adverse weather conditions, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism has issued a request for drivers to equip their vehicles with winter tires or carry snow chains. Furthermore, individuals are strongly advised to refrain from unnecessary travel unless absolutely essential.

The Japan Meteorological Agency forecasts a substantial accumulation of snow during the 24-hour period through Tuesday noon, with approximately 40 centimeters expected in the northern Kanto region, 30 centimeters in areas such as Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture and Tama in western Tokyo, and 8 centimeters in Tokyo’s 23 wards.

Authorities continue to monitor the situation closely, urging residents and travelers to stay informed through official channels and exercise caution during this period of heavy snowfall.