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Snow hits Mt. Fuji peak 23 days later than average

The first snow on the summit of Mount Fuji, which straddles Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures, is seen from a Mainichi Shimbun helicopter on the morning of Oct. 23, 2017. (Mainichi)

KOFU -- Snow hit the top of Mount Fuji 23 days later than average but only three days earlier than last year, which was a record for the latest snow to arrive on the famed peak.

The Kofu Local Meteorological Office announced that snow had been sighted on 3,776-meter Mount Fuji on Oct. 23. The trails of snow were confirmed by the meteorological office around the summit shortly past 10 a.m. on the day when clouds from passing Typhoon Lan cleared. The temperature at the summit as of 10 a.m. was minus 3.3 degrees Celsius.

This year marks the third-latest snowfall that was confirmed on the country's highest peak since measurements began in 1894. Last year and 1956 hold the record for the latest snow spotted on the peak, at Oct. 26.

Meanwhile, the municipal government of Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture, which independently announces the first dusting of snow on Mount Fuji, decided to delay its announcement this year. A representative stated, "Not enough snow has accumulated to feel that there has really been a dusting of snow."

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