The last time it snowed in November in the Japanese capital city, Bob Dylan had just released his debut album. (Reuters)
Snow fell in Tokyo in November for the first time in 54 years Thursday and accumulated during the month for the first time on record.
The Japan Times said the season’s first instance of snow came 40 days earlier than normal in Japan’s capital city.
Tokyo averages about 4 inches of snow per year, most of which typically falls in January and February.
A strong cold front charged through northeast Asia on Wednesday, and temperatures dropped to 10 to 20 degrees colder than normal in its wake.
Temperature difference from normal over Japan simulated by European model Thursday morning. (WeatherBell.com)
At around dawn Thursday, precipitation began as sleet before changing to snow during the morning commute. A lot of the snow melted with temperatures slightly above freezing, around 34 degrees (2 Celsius). However, the heavy, wet flakes fell fast enough at times to coat some surfaces.
The snow delayed some trains and resulted in some injuries to people who slipped on snowy roads, the Japan Times said.
Below are photos from various news agencies of the snowy scene.
A cyclist takes a picture in snowfall in Tokyo on Nov. 24, 2016. (Kazuhiro Nogi/Agence France-Presse) A visitor takes a photo in the snow at the Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine in Kamakura, near Tokyo, on Nov. 24. (Shizuo Kambayashi/Associated Press) A man stands near the gate in the snow at Kanda Myojin shrine in Tokyo, on Nov. 24. (Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press) A man walks in the snow on a street in Tokyo on Nov. 24. (Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press) A photographer takes a picture in snowfall in Tokyo on Nov. 24. (Kazuhiro Nogi/Agence France-Presse) A boy looks at falling snow from a train window in Tokyo on Nov. 24. (Kazuhiro Nogi/Agence France-Presse) A train approaches a station as snow falls in Tokyo on Nov. 24. (Kazuhiro Nogi/Agence France-Presse) A shrine staff member walks in the snow at Kanda Myojin in Tokyo on Nov. 24. (Eugene Hoshiko/Associated Press) A snow-capped Mount Fuji is seen in the background as roofs of houses are covered with snow in Tokyo on Nov. 25. (Kazuhiro Nogi/Agence France-Presse)