Many parts of Japan are facing a significant temperature drop as a cold air mass moved in over the Kanto area in Hokuriku and northern Japan. The Japan Meteorological Agency said that temperatures in Hokkaido dropped to the average for January and the Kanto region is facing temperatures more appropriate for early December.

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In Tokyo, the temperature went down to 7.9 degrees at 7 am. Even in Hokkaido, the temperature fell 12.8 degrees below zero degrees in Kamikawa, which is usually the norm for January.

Meanwhile, Aomori faced its first snowfall of the season. The area had 18 cm of snowfall as of noon and Hakodate in Hokkaido managed to record 23 cm of snowfall. When it comes to the Kanto area, the lowest temperature was recorded in Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture: 0.5 degrees.

Meanwhile, certain parts of Obaraki and Gunma Prefecture faced the first season of frost on November 12, 2013. According to the Meteorological Agency, the chilly weather is expected to continue until November 14, 2013. Apart from the chilly weather, the country also faces a risk of smog, which is a mixture of fog and smoke. The smog results in reduced visibility and severely affects traffic and transport services.

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