By Jonathan Belles
Published Nov 23 2016 09:37 PM EST
Tokyo, Japan, received its first snowfall on Thursday.
A November snow in Tokyo is extremely rare, happening most recently 54 years ago.
Snow flurries precipitated from colder-than-average skies on Thursday in Tokyo, Japan. This is the first November snow that the city has seen in over 50 years. The most recent snow to fall in November was in 1962, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
While still too warm for much accumulation closer to the coast, reports were flying across central Japan, where some of the higher elevations of the Kanto and Chubu regions saw 5 to 8 inches of snow. Closer to Tokyo, some suburbs around the city saw accumulations of one-quarter to 1 inch of snow where the ground was cold enough to allow the snow to stick.
According to the Japan Times, this first snow in Tokyo was 40 days earlier than last year’s.
A dip in the jet stream and a strong low-pressure system allowed temperatures to drop to 15 degrees below average over the northern half of Japan, or to near freezing in Tokyo.
Slightly above normal moisture levels on the northern side of the low-pressure system also likely contributed.
From 1981 through 2010, Tokyo has received 4.3 inches of snowfall each year on average.