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Becky Martinez and her son Elliot, 4, enjoy the snow Wednesday at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

Becky Martinez and her son Elliot, 4, enjoy the snow Wednesday at Yokota Air Base, Japan. (Christopher B. Stoltz / S&S)

Becky Martinez and her son Elliot, 4, enjoy the snow Wednesday at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

Becky Martinez and her son Elliot, 4, enjoy the snow Wednesday at Yokota Air Base, Japan. (Christopher B. Stoltz / S&S)

Elliot sleds down the hill. The base got about two inches of snow, the first significant snowfall in recent memory.

Elliot sleds down the hill. The base got about two inches of snow, the first significant snowfall in recent memory. (Christopher B. Stoltz / S&S)

Capt. Rob Marshall picks up his son William, 4, from preschool Wednesday and plays for a moment in the snow on the walk home.

Capt. Rob Marshall picks up his son William, 4, from preschool Wednesday and plays for a moment in the snow on the walk home. (Christopher B. Stoltz / S&S)

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Residents of the Kanto Plain got a wintery surprise Wednesday as the area received its first significant snowfall in recent memory.

Between 1½ and 2 inches of snow accumulated at Yokota, according to the 374th Operational Support Squadron Weather Flight.

While base officials said the weather did not have any major effect on operations, many people found the snow to be a good change of scenery.

“It’s awesome; we haven’t seen stuff like this in years,” said Tate Jager, 12, as he and a group of friends gathered after school to get in some sledding and a snowball fight or two before it all melted.

Although they did not miss any school because of the weather, Sean Kavanaugh, 13, said he still was glad it snowed.

“I wish there was more,” he said. “A lot more snow, like Wisconsin weather.”

Children were not the only ones who enjoyed seeing the snow.

“It was heaven, absolutely wonderful,” said Pam Thomas, a spouse. “I saw little kids out playing with their parents all bundled up. It reminded me of when my kids were younger and we would do that.”

The weather was expected to clear out Thursday, with partly cloudy skies the rest of the week. The weather flight said Thursday’s high was expected to be 44 degrees with a low of 29. The high on Friday was expected to be 44 with a low of 28.


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