Flights canceled, trains delayed as snow blankets East Japan
Bloomberg -- Jan 14

Snow delayed train services and disrupted flights in Japan as Tokyo was blanketed by the first snowfall of the season.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a gale and snow advisory for central Tokyo, with seven centimeters (2.8 inches) of snow already fallen in the city, Kenji Okada, a forecaster for the agency, said by phone today. The snow came 11 days later than the average first fall and six days earlier than last year, according to the official.

There were delays of as long as 15 minutes for bullet train services to and from Tokyo, Central Japan Railway Co. (9022) said on its website. Some of the train lines operated by East Japan Railway Co. (9020) have been halted, the company said. Japan's financial markets were closed today for a national holiday.

連休最終日は、東北から関東甲信を中心に大荒れの天気に警戒です。東京都心では、数時間前から雨が雪に変わって初雪が観測され、この雪は一気に強まっています。東京23区­内には、14日昼前、この冬初めての大雪注意報が出されました。気象予報士・田中秀明さんの解説です。

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