Cold snap disrupting Tokyo air transport, snowfall forecast

Kyodo News

Posted at Feb 09 2019 09:32 AM

TOKYO - A cold snap hit Tokyo and its vicinity Saturday, disrupting flight operations at major airports in the area.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said up to 5 centimeters of snow is expected to fall in downtown Tokyo by 6 a.m. Sunday as a cold air mass remains above a wide area of eastern Japan.

Japan Airlines Co and All Nippon Airways Co canceled more than 60 flights Saturday into and out of Haneda and Narita airports servicing the Japanese capital.

At Narita airport, east of Tokyo, the operator closed one of its runways to clear it of snow.

Cold weather continued to hit Hokkaido, the country's northernmost main island, on Saturday with the mercury dropping below minus 20 degrees Celsius at many locations, including Rikubetsu, where the temperature was recorded at minus 31.8 degrees Celsius, according to the agency.