Flights scrubbed, trains halted as snow blankets east
Snow delayed train services and disrupted flights Monday as Tokyo was blanketed by the first snowfall of the season.
The Meteorological Agency issued a gale and snow advisory for central Tokyo, with 7 cm of snow already fallen in the capital, said Kenji Okada, a forecaster for the agency. The snow came 11 days later than the average first fall and six days earlier than last year, according to Okada.
Delays of as long as 10 minutes were expected for bullet train services to and from Tokyo, Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai) said. Financial markets were closed for a national holiday.
All Nippon Airways Co. canceled 116 domestic flights as of 2 p.m. local time, affecting about 24,000 passengers, it said in a faxed statement. Japan Airlines Co. said it canceled 193 domestic flights, affecting more than 31,000 passengers.