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Snow falls in November in Tokyo for first time in 54 years

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Associated Press

Tokyo  /  Thu, November 24, 2016  /  02:14 pm
Snow falls in November in Tokyo for first time in 54 years

A shrine staff walks in the snow at Kanda Myojin shrine in Tokyo, Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016. (AP/Eugene Hoshiko)

Tokyo residents woke up Thursday to the first November snowfall in more than 50 years.

An unusually cold air mass brought wet snow to Japan's capital. Above-freezing temperatures kept the snow from sticking in most places, though it did accumulate on sidewalks and cars in Tokyo's far western suburbs.

(Read also: Flights cancelled as Beijing braces itself for coldest spell in 30 years)

Meteorologists forecast up to 2 centimeters (1 inch) would fall, and more in the mountains northwest of Tokyo.

The snow caused minor train delays during the morning commute.

The last time it snowed in central Tokyo in November was 1962.

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