Subtropical Kagoshima Island Turns Chilly As It Sees First Snow Since 1901

Subtropical Kagoshima island turns chilly as it sees first snow since 1901The usually balmy island of Amami-Oshima island in southern Kagoshima Prefecture reported its first snowfall in 115 years on Jan. 24, after this winter’s coldest air mass chilled many parts of Japan, packing heavy snow.

The area near the summit of Mount Yuwandake, the island's highest peak at 694.4 meters in central Amami-Oshima, was covered with snow, a first for islanders since 1901.

Elsewhere in Kyushu in western Japan, which is known for its mild climate, there were heavy blankets of snow reported.

In Nagasaki, snow accumulated to a depth of 17 centimeters at 5 p.m., a record in the city.

Low temperatures also set a record at many observatories around Japan on Jan. 24.

The snowfall recorded over 24 hours through 6 p.m. on Jan. 25 was estimated at 70 cm in the Hokuriku region, 60 cm in the Tohoku region, 50 cm in the region northwest and northeast of Tokyo, the Kinki region and the Chugoku region, and 40 cm in northern Kyushu.

The cold front also brought sleet in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture, for the first time on the southernmost prefecture’s main island.

The Meteorological Agency warned against snowstorms and high waves in many areas for Jan. 25.