HEAVY SNOW HITS WESTERN, CENTRAL JAPAN

TOKYO — Heavy snow fell in a wide area of western and central Japan on Sunday, forcing airline carriers to cancel many flights and Japan West Japan Railway Co. to reduce the speeds of bullet trains on sections of the Sanyo Shinkansen lines.

The blanketing of snow reached as far as southwestern Japanese cities such as Nagasaki and Kagoshima and the temperature in Naha, the prefectural capital of Okinawa, dropped to 8.9 degrees Celsius on Sunday morning, far below January’s average low as a cold air mass gripped the Japanese archipelago.

The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of continued stormy weather in western and central Japan through Monday and further traffic disruption. PNA/Kyodo/northboundasia.com