The snowfall paralyzed traffic, affecting planes, trains, buses and cars. Traffic came to a standstill on the expressways at about 15.00. According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, 7 cms of snow fell on Tokyo and Chiba and 8 cms on Yokohama. The temperature in Tokyo at noon was 0.8C degrees, the agency said.
The Japan Meteorological Agency also said that up to 40 cms of snow is expected to fall in the Tokyo metropolitan region by 6 p.m.