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In pics: Snow falls in November in Tokyo for first time in 54 yrs

world Updated: Nov 24, 2016 10:09 IST
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A man stands near the gate in the snow at Kanda Myojin shrine in Tokyo, Thursday.Tokyo residents have woken up to the first November snowfall in more than 50 years. (AP Photo)

The Japanese capital of Tokyo on Thursday was hit by its first November snow in 54 years, slowing rush hour trains as residents slogged to work wearing heavy coats and boots in a city far more accustomed to earthquakes than to snow.

A man walks during the first November snowfall in Tokyo, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan. (Reuters Photo)

The last time snow fell in November in Tokyo, John F. Kennedy was President of the United States and singer Bob Dylan - who this year won the Nobel Literature Prize - had released his debut album just months before.

The snow, which began as sleet around dawn but turned to snow soon after, was sparked by an unusual cold front spreading over the Tokyo area that sent temperatures down to near zero C (32 F).

Pedestrians head to work in snowfall during the early morning hours in Tokyo. (AFP Photo)

Average temperatures at this time of year are highs of 14 C (57 F) and rose as far as 20 C (68 F) as recently as Sunday.

“I was shocked,” said Masaru Machida, who had just finished night shift work and was walking home. “It’s too early.”

An unusually cold air mass brought wet snow to Japan's capital. (AP Photo)

Though Tokyo, which is on roughly the same latitude as the US city of Raleigh, North Carolina, does see snow at least once a year, it usually falls in January or February and rarely accumulates for long.

A tourist takes photos during snowfall in Tokyo, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan. (Reuters Photo)

As much as 2 cm of snow was predicted for central Tokyo by the time the snow stops, likely by early afternoon, according to the Japanese Meteorological Agency.

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