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Tokyo Trains Delayed, Traffic Slowed as Snowfall Hits City

Tokyo trains were delayed and expressway traffic slowed as snow started falling in the Japanese capital, with 5 centimeters (2 inches) forecast by tomorrow morning.

Rains that began overnight were expected to change to heavy snow today, the Japan Meteorological Agency said on its website. About 5 centimeters is expected to fall in the city by 6 a.m. local time tomorrow, according to the agency, which warned of icy roads and snow accumulation on tree limbs and power lines.

East Japan Railway Co. reduced services along its Tokyo-area commuter routes, including the Yamanote line that circles the city, the company said on its website.

Some expressways reduced speed limits to 50 kilometers an hour (30 miles an hour) from 80 kilometers an hour, NHK television reported.

Tokyo’s first snowfall on Jan. 14 brought seven centimeters of snow, prompting Japan Airlines Co. and All Nippon Airways Co. to cancel hundreds of domestic flights. More than 100,000 passengers were affected, the airlines said. The snowfall closed highways, including one running through Tokyo’s Shinjuku district, and brought traffic in many parts of the city to a crawl.

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