Snowfall disrupts Tokyo

Snowfall disrupts Tokyo

The biggest snowfall in 4 years has blanketed Tokyo and surrounding areas, affecting train service and forcing cancellation of hundreds of flights.

The snowfall began Monday morning and continued into the night.

More than 20 centimeters have accumulated in central Tokyo. Authorities say slippery road conditions have caused more than 600 traffic accidents. Over 180 people have been injured in falls.

Sections of expressways around the capital have been closed. About 50 vehicles were stranded on Tokyo's iconic Rainbow Bridge as many of them couldn't climb up the slope.

More than 300 flights to and from airports in the region have been canceled. Rail and long-distance bus services have also been affected.