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Yokota braces for second round of winter storms

Yokota Air Base officials have announced that many base facilities will not open tomorrow due to an expected snow storm. As much as 12 inches of snow is expected to hit the area, according to Accuweather.com.

All schools, day care centers and most shopping facilities are among the closures.

The base commander, through the command’s Facebook page, advised base residents and employees to stay off the roads Friday to allow airmen from the 374th Civil Engineering Squadron to clear the roads.

Yokota is still covered in the 12.7 inches of snow that hit the base last week; an amount that broke a 65-year record for most daily snowfall in February.

In a normal year, the base only receives about 4.6 inches of snow for all of February, said Air Force weather forecaster Staff Sgt. Zachary Kelly of the 374th Operational Support Squadron.

Nationwide, the recent combination of heavy snow and gale-force winds has played havoc with transportation and left at least 11 people dead and 1,200 injured, according to Japan’s Kyodo news agency. Tokyo trains were still running with ice delays Monday, and long lines of commuters waited at some bus stops.

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