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No more fear of heavy weekend snow in Tokyo, surrounding prefectures: JMA

Pedestrians wait in snow for traffic lights to change in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on Feb. 9, 2019. (Mainichi/Tatsuya Fujii)

TOKYO -- There are no longer fears of heavy snowfall in Tokyo and the neighboring prefectures of Kanagawa and Saitama, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said on the afternoon of Feb. 9.

The agency said the chance of heavy snow had ended as a low pressure system above the sea southeast of the Kanto region around Tokyo moved east. However, the JMA has warned of icy roads as the temperature in the capital is expected to remain low until the morning of Feb. 10.

Downtown Tokyo received a layer of snow up to 1 centimeter deep as of noon of Feb. 9 -- the first accumulation of snow in the capital since the beginning of this year. A 2-centimeter layer of snow blanketed the city of Chiba, east of Tokyo.

(Japanese original by Kohei Chiwaki)

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