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School closures, delays in Japan on Monday

 7:45 p.m. Japan time: According to Facebook pages:

Yokota

Medical appointments will be rescheduled. The Urgent Care Clinic will remain open.

The commissary will be open from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. The BX will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Main Shoppette will be open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and the East and West Shoppettes will be open from noon until 9 p.m.

Most FSS facilities will be closed. Please call ahead for any specific hours of operation.

The gym, finance and accounting and the Kanto Lodge will remain open.

Schools and child development centers will be closed.

The post office will be closed.

Weighted Airman Promotions tests will be rescheduled.

Atsugi

Operations resumed as normal at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Yokosuka

Other than a two-hour delay of school openings, all base services will open as scheduled on Monday.

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Schools closed or delayed

Now that the snow is over, here's the situation involving DODDS schools in the Kanto Plain for Monday:

Yokota schools will be closed; the base received a good 20 inches of snow and base officials have declared Monday a mission-essential personnel-only day.

Schools at Camp Zama and Yokosuka Naval Base and their satellite properties will be open on two-hour delay.

Shirley Lanham Elementary School at Naval Air Facility Atsugi will open on time on Monday.

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Heavy snow blocking roads in Japan

Updated through 8 p.m. Japan time Saturday.

As reported by Stripes’ Hana Kusumoto:

A heavy snow alert was issued for the first time in 13 years for Tokyo's 23 wards, according to Asahi Shimbun. It also reported that it was the first time in 16 years that more than 10 centimeters of snow had fallen in Tokyo.

Parts of Shuto (metropolitan) expressway are closed.

According to Japan Road Traffic Information Center website as of 6:15 p.m. Saturday:
Bayshore route is closed between Higashi Ogi jima interchange and Namiki interchange.
Aqua line is closed.
Yokosuka Yokohama Road is closed between Kariba Interchange and Mabori Kaigan Interchange.
Chuo expressway is closed from Takaido interchange to Nakatsugawa interchange in Gifu prefecture.
Cars must haver chains on Tomei expressway between Tokyo interchange and Numazu interchange in Shizuoka prefecture.

NHK reported that 714 domestic flights in and out of Haneda Airport were canceled as of 5:30 p.m. Airline companies were telling travelers to check their websites Sunday since there may be flight cancellations and delays, NHK reported.

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Snow, winds hit Tokyo area hard

Japanese media’s prescience regarding the worst snowstorm in two decades on Saturday proved perfect. Snow and gale-force winds were the order of the day and it’s expected to continue into Sunday morning, hitting the Tokyo area hard with flight cancellations, road closures and train delays.

With the help of Yokosuka bureau chief Erik Slavin, here’s the list of train delays on JR East railroads. http://traininfo.jreast.co.jp/train_info/e/kanto.aspx

The Keikyu Line which services Yokosuka Chuo station was last reported running except at Misakiguchi and Keihin Kurihama at the south end of the Miura Peninsula.

About four inches of snow has fallen in Yokohama-Kanagawa, closer to five in parts of Tokyo. Forecast calls for about 8 inches in central Tokyo, with more inland; some observers at Yokota say more than a foot of snow has already fallen. Some portions of the Chuo and Tomei Expressways which serve Tokyo have been closed.

Several hundred flights have been canceled, according to NHK, including most flights out of Tokyo International Airport at Haneda. Narita also getting cancellations, according to its Web site: http://www.narita-airport.jp/en/flight/today.html.


 

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Dave Ornauer has been with Stars and Stripes since March 5, 1981. One of his first assignments as a beat reporter in the old Japan News Bureau was “typhoon chaser,” a task which he resumed virtually full time since 2004, the year after his job, as a sports writer-photographer, moved to Okinawa and Ornauer with it.

As a typhoon reporter, Ornauer pores over Web sites managed by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center as well as U.S. government, military and local weather outlets for timely, topical information. Pacific Storm Tracker is designed to take the technical lingo published on those sites and simplify it for the average Stripes reader.