Mt. Fuji gets season's 1st snowcap, 24 days earlier than last year

Kyodo -- Sep 29
Mt. Fuji got its first snowcap of the season on Monday, 24 days earlier than last year and two days earlier than average, a local weather agency said.

The peak of the 3,776-meter mountain was covered with a thin layer of snow, according to the Kofu Local Meteorological Observatory in Yamanashi Prefecture.

City officials in Shizuoka Prefecture on the other side of Mt. Fuji also confirmed snowfall on Japan's highest mountain in the morning. At midnight Sunday, the temperature near the peak fell to minus 5.1 C, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.

A city located at the foot of Mt. Fuji recorded snow near the peak a week ago, but the Kofu observatory, located about 40 kilometers from the mountain, could not confirm the observation at the time.

- Kyodo

甲府地方気象台は28日、富士山が初冠雪したと発表した。平年より2日早く、昨年より24日早い。 - ANNnewsCH