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Japan. More than 60 centimeters of snow fell in places, and even more is expected to fall

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Snowstorms hit central Japan. According to the national meteorological agency, more than 60 centimeters of snow accumulated in places on Monday evening. Difficult weather conditions had an impact on transport in the capital of the country – Tokyo.

On Monday afternoon, a low-pressure system formed over the southern coast of Japan’s largest island, Honshu. It was accompanied by heavy, gradually increasing snowfall. As reported by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), as of 6 p.m. local time on Monday, the greatest snow depth of 62 centimeters was measured in the city of Kusatsu in Gunma Prefecture. It also fell heavily in Iiyama, Nagano Prefecture, with 48 cm of snow.

Red alerts, canceled flights

Snowstorms also hit central Tokyo and Yokohama. In the capital of Japan, rainfall of 2 cm was recorded – for the first time since February 11, 2022, more than one centimeter of snow fell in the city center. Although this number may seem small, meteorologists warned that snowstorms will become more severe overnight and on Tuesday morning. Red warnings for heavy snowfall are in effect in nine prefectures in central Japan.

Snowstorms are approaching TokyoPAP/EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

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In preparation for the upcoming rainfall, some airlines decided to cancel flights to and from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport on Tuesday night – in total, the disruptions affect over 60 connections. Train operators said morning services in the metropolitan area could be significantly delayed or canceled.

Operators of national expressways and motorways have also prepared for difficult weather conditions. From Monday morning, entry to toll roads in the eastern part of Japan was banned for cars using summer tires. The company encouraged drivers to use snow chains.

Snowstorms are approaching TokyoPAP/EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

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