Snow expected Saturday in Tokyo.
8 Feb 2019 – Record-low temperatures gripped Hokkaido on Friday, causing traffic disruption across the island.
As temperatures plunged in parts of the region the Meteorological Agency also predicted snow on Saturday for eastern Japan, with central Tokyo expected to see 5 to 10 cm.
The agency said a cold air mass with a temperature of minus 24.4 C, the lowest seen since it began compiling such data in 1957, was hovering about 1,500 meters above Sapporo, where the mercury dropped to minus 12.5 in the morning.
The temperature in the town of Oketo sank to minus 22.7 early Friday, while in the town of Rikubetsu, temperatures hit minus 20.3, prompting the Meteorological Agency to issue warnings about outdoor activities, freezing water pipes and hazards to crops.
Hokkaido Railway Co. suspended 74 train services on Friday after experiencing problems with frozen brakes and switching points.
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