Worst storm in two decades strikes Japan, at least three killed
Saturday, February 8, 2014, 3:40 -
The Tokyo area has been hit by a rare heavy snowfall, stalling trains, grounding flights, and blanketing roads and skyscrapers with snow.
Around 10 cm of snow has fallen in the past 24 hours.
After issuing its first heavy snowfall warning for central Tokyo in 13 years, the Japan Meteorological Agency said snow and rain would continue through the night, but that skies would clear gradually Sunday.
Several universities in Tokyo delayed the start of entrance exams because of delays in metropolitan trains and subways, known for almost always being on time.
so my dads been stuck on a train in Japan for 12 hours cuz they're having the worst snow storm they've had in 13 years..aw man— Ashley (@ashleeypalmer) February 8, 2014
Major carriers Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways suspended domestic flights from Tokyo's Haneda airport. Some bullet trains were also delayed and parts of expressways were closed.
Some reports say that at least three people were killed and 500 injured in storm-related accidents.
With files from the Associated Press