Tokyo and other regions all over Japan are expected to be hit by heavy snow for the second consecutive weekend. The impact of the snow is beginning to take its toll on the transportation network of the country.
An alert from the Meteorological Agency stated that Tokyo is expected to have 10 cm of snow in the upcoming 24 hours. The agency has also warned of traffic problems and frozen roads. The agency went on to say that east and west Japan might experience heavy snow until February 15, 2014, while the Tohoku area might face heavy snowfall from February 15, 2014 to February 16, 2014.
About 40 domestic flights were cancelled by All Nippon Airways, which affected 5,300 passengers as of 11 am. The airline said that the snow caused a closure of a runway at Nagoya Airport. A statement was released by Japan Airlines, which said that it stopped seven domestic flights. Even some other airlines, like the Jetstar Japan cancelled 12 flights.
As of February 14, 2014 the Narita Express train line which runs between Tokyo and Narita International Airport was running as per its regular schedule. Delays were experienced in the Tokaido Shinkansen Line. The Meteorological Agency informed that the city of Tokushima had 4 cm of snow, while Nara saw 12 cm of snow as of February 14, 2014.
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