24 Nov 2016

Snow falls in Tokyo

5:21 pm on 24 November 2016

Snow is falling in Japan's capital in November for the first time in more than 50 years.

Snow falls across the rooftops of residential buildings during the early morning hours in Tokyo on November 24, 2016. 

A rare sight at this time of year: Snow falls across the rooftops of residential buildings in Tokyo. Photo: KAZUHIRO NOGI / AFP

Temperatures have fallen to near zero in central Tokyo, which is rare for this time of the year.

An unusually cold air mass brought the wet snow.

Above-freezing temperatures kept the snow from sticking in most places, though it did accumulate on sidewalks and cars in Tokyo's western suburbs.

Meteorologists forecast up to 2cm would fall, with more in the mountains northwest of Tokyo.

The snow caused minor train delays during the morning commute.

The last time it snowed in central Tokyo in November was 1962.


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