Heavy snow forecast in and around Tokyo

Weather forecasters in Japan are warning of possible heavy snowfall on Saturday in the Kanto region comprising Tokyo and surrounding prefectures.

The Meteorological Agency says a strong cold air mass and passing low-pressure system are likely to bring snow to wide areas from morning to night.

Snowfall through late Saturday afternoon may reach up to 10 centimeters in southern Kanto; eight centimeters in northern Kanto; and five centimeters in Tokyo’s 23 wards.

Forecasters say more snow may fall in the evening. They’re urging people to watch out for icy roads and disruption to transportation services. Drivers are advised to use winter tires or snow chains.