Tokyo snowfall
Tokyo does witness snowfall once a year but the usual month for snowfall in the city is January and February.Reuters

The residents of the Japanese capital, Tokyo, were in for a little surprise on Thursday when the city witnessed its first snowfall in over 54 years. 

The snow gave a pleasant relief to the capital which is more accustomed to frequent earthquakes, the residents were seen heading out in thick coats, boots and umbrellas as the a thin white sheet of snow began covering the city.

Reports state that the last time it snowed in Tokyo in the month of November was when John F. Kennedy was the President of the United States and when Nobel laureate Bob Dylan had released his debut album.

Snowfall in Tokyo this year came around 40 days earlier than last year. Reports state that if the snow begins accumulating on the ground then it would be the first time on record of snow accumulation in November in the city.

The snowfall in the region started because of an unusual cold front spreading over Tokyo which saw the temperature in the region falling to almost zero Celcius. Reports state that the average temperature in this month of the year in Tokyo is around 14 C, in fact the temperature in the capital on Sunday was as high as 20 C.

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  • Tokyo does witness snowfall once a year but the usual month for snowfall in the city is January and February.Reuters

Weather reports state that the snowfall in the city does not accumulate for a long period of time and melts fairly quickly. 

It is expected that snowfall will be around  2 cm deep in most in Koshin, around 15 cm deep in mountain areas in northern Kanto, 10 cm deep in a range from Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, to Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture, and 5 cm deep on the Kanto plain, Japantimes reported.

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