Published on : Friday, February 14, 2014
It’s been a few days since Tokyo experienced its heaviest snowfall in decades and now its turn for Japan. A snow storm hits Japan on Friday, disrupting rail and road travel, grounding more than 100 flights. Up to 30 centimetres (12 inches) of snow was forecast in some parts of the country by Saturday morning. Japan Meteorological Agency said a low-pressure front was heading toward the Pacific coast of Japan’s main island of Honshu.
Japan Airlines (JAL) reported that they have cancelled 77 flights for Friday and All Nippon Airways (ANA) grounded 40 flights across the nation. Jiji Press said 16,000 air passengers were affected.
The latest round of snow first hit the southern island of Kyushu late Thursday, and local media reported that a train on the island derailed after running over a fallen tree. One passenger was injured.