Whiteout TokyoBy Anna Watanabe Jan 14, 2013 8:18PM UTC
It was 11 days later than usual but Tokyo enjoyed its first snow for the season, today.
Kanto, Kanagawa and Koshin locals took to Twitter to share the snow pictures and stay updated on delayed trains and closed roads.
JR East is reporting that medium distance trains in and out of Tokyo including the Ome, Joban, Keihin-Tohoku, Utsunomiya and Narita lines are either delayed or still not running.
Bloomberg reports several flights into Narita have been delayed due to the heavy snow. Seventy nine flights due to arrive at Sendai Airport in Tohoku were also cancelled this afternoon, according to NHK.
The Japan Meteorological Association issued weather warnings to areas across Japan, and predicts that up to 10cm will fall in Tokyo by Monday night. In Ibaraki, northern Kanto, 15cm of snow fell by 4pm and in areas further north in Tohoku, up to 30cm of snow is predicted to fall.
Today’s snow has been made particularly worse due to strong winds. Stripes reports that wind gusts over 90 km/hr were recorded at Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture.
Monday was a national public holiday in Japan, with many families attending coming of age ceremonies across the country and the extra traffic has caused many accidents. Japan Today reports that by 5pm 267 people had been injured in traffic accidents or by slipping over.
Katsutoshi Nokimura, a 74 year old taxi driver told Bloomberg: “It’s the worst snow in my 51 years of experience,”
“Some people abandoned their cars after getting stuck. It’s chaos.”