OSAKA -- Snow fell over a wide area in western Japan including the cities of Osaka, Kyoto and Nara on the morning of Jan. 12. Two centimeters of snow was observed in Nara and a light dusting was also seen at Osaka Castle.
The snow was caused by a low-pressure system passing along the southern coast of Japan's main island of Honshu. According to the Osaka Regional Headquarters of the Japan Meteorological Agency, the central and southern parts of western Japan's Kinki region are expected to be generally clear on Jan. 13 as a high-pressure system covers the area. On the other hand, the weather in the northern Kinki region is expected to be mostly cloudy due to cold air and an atmospheric pressure trough, with some snow or rain in the morning.
(Japanese original by Yuta Kumamoto, Osaka City News Department)