The Japanese capital Tokyo has been hit with a rare snow storm on January 22, 2018. The unexpected snowstorm has disrupted train services , has cancelled scores of flights and has also prompted a number of office goers in the city to leave to head home early. Snowfall started on the morning of January 22, 2018 with a prediction of 10 cm for central Tokyo.
Reports said that by 5PM local time, 6cm had already fallen in central Tokyo. The icy roads lead traffic accidents due to which some of the highways were closed and the train services were also curtailed. More than 250 flights from the Haneda Airport in Japan were cancelled. Some of the residents said they never thought they would see snow in Tokyo. More than 50 cars were stuck and were not able to move on the Rainbow Bridge on the waterfront of Tokyo.
The Yurikamome train carriages had to evacuate more than 200 passengers as it was unable to go up the slope due to snow. The Japanese Meteorological Agency said that the continuing low pressure and cold front off the coast of the Japanese main island of Honshu was expected to further bring down the temperature with more snowfall throughout the day. Heavy snow warnings have been issued by the government in Tokyo within just two weeks after hundreds of peoples were trapped overnight in a train due to heavy rain in northern Japan.
Moreover, the National broadcaster NHK issued detailed recommendations for coping with weather which include, heading home early, wearing boots and not walking with hands in coat pockets in case of falls and slips. The trains were found packed as early as 4PM and long lines were notices at the supermarkets. Even the universities have postponed the entrance exams which were expected to be held on January 23, 2018. The households and corporations have requested by the Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings to save electricity as the demand rises due to a fall in temperature.
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