Photo/IllutrationA pedestrian carries his jacket after rain stopped and the sun came out in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward in the morning on March 1. (Kazuhiro Nagashima)

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Tokyo basked in sunshine on March 1 as the mercury headed toward a predicted 21 degrees in the afternoon, the average temperature for early May--but it was a very different picture in chilly Hokkaido.

Stormy weather and snowfall were headed for Hokkaido, with up to 70 centimeters expected to accumulate until the morning of March 2. The Japan Meteorological Agency warned residents to stay indoors as much as possible.

The blizzard is also forecast to hit the Tohoku region through that day.

Meanwhile, Tokyo’s warm weather and clear skies came hot on the heels of a low pressure system which developed rapidly in eastern Japan and moved north to bring torrential rain to the capital in the early morning on March 1.

The meteorological agency reported a downpour of 24.5 millimeters in the hour until 6:49 a.m. on March 1 in the Haneda district of Tokyo’s Ota Ward.

Japan Airlines canceled 117 flights and All Nippon Airways canceled 93 services until 11 a.m. due to heavy rain and strong winds. Some railway services were delayed in Tokyo.

The rain stopped around 7:30 a.m. in central Tokyo, then patches of blue sky were seen, and the temperature rose to 16.4 degrees, the highest so far this year, by midday.