Threat Of Heavy Snow Eases In Tokyo

Threat of heavy snow eases in Tokyo

Weather officials say the threat of heavy snowfall has eased for central Tokyo, which received only a light dusting through Saturday afternoon as a cold air mass and low-pressure system moved over the area.

Snow started falling across the capital and surrounding Kanto region early on Saturday, accumulating even in some areas on the plains.

As of noon on Saturday, there were two centimeters of snow on the ground in Chiba Prefecture and Tsukuba City in Ibaraki Prefecture.

As the snow clouds moved east, Meteorological Agency officials lifted a heavy snow warning for Tokyo's 23 wards.

Intermittent snow is still forecast for some parts of the Kanto region through Saturday night.

Mountainous areas could get up to 10 centimeters through Sunday morning. Some areas on the plains could get as much as eight centimeters.

Agency officials are urging the public to be careful on icy roads and prepare for traffic disruptions. They say drivers should switch to winter tires or use snow chains. They're also cautioning people to look out for snow that may have accumulated on overhead wires and in trees.