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Heavy snow in suburban Tokyo, other areas disrupt transport

TOKYO, Feb 11 (NHK) - Japanese weather officials have issued heavy snow warnings for suburban Tokyo and other prefectures. They are warning of more possible disruptions to road traffic and public transport.

As of 18:00 Friday, the depth of snow was 26 centimeters in Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture; 20 centimeters in Kofu City, Yamanashi Prefecture; and 13 centimeters in Fukushima City. Sendai City in Miyagi Prefecture had 8 centimeters, while Maebashi City in Gunma Prefecture had 6 centimeters.

Heavy snow warnings are in effect in Tokyo's Tama area and in Saitama, Gunma, Tochigi, Yamanashi, Nagano, Shizuoka and Miyagi prefectures.

A heavy snow warning in Tokyo's 23 wards has been switched to an advisory.

Snowfall is expected to intensify intermittently, mainly along the mountains in the Kanto-Koshin and Tohoku regions through dawn on Saturday. ...continue reading

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