Heavy snowstorm keeps Tokyo, surroundings on alert

Tokyo, Jan 6 (EFE).- Japan’s capital was on alert for heavy snowfalls Thursday after heavy rains caused by low pressure on the sea, for the first time in four years.

The country’s meteorological agency issued an alert for a snowstorm that affects the eastern Pacific coast and has mainly covered the city of Tokyo and other neighboring prefectures of Chiba, Kanagawa and Ibaraki.

The center of Tokyo recorded 10 centimeters of snow and other areas around the capital, such as Yokohama or Chiba, registered 7 centimeters, according to the authorities.

Rainfall is expected to intensify throughout the night and temperatures will drop below zero Friday, which is why the population is alerted to possible interruptions in transport and traffic due to freezing of roads and pavements as well as power cuts.

The last alert issued by authorities for heavy snowfall in the Japanese capital dates back four years. EFE


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