Snow falls in the greater Tokyo metropolitan area on Feb. 9. Some areas are forecast to get up to 5 centimeters of snow. (Video footage by Shinichi Iizuka and Takeo Kato)

Central Tokyo got a light dusting of snow on the morning of Feb. 9, the first accumulation this winter, causing dozens of flights to be canceled.

A low-pressure front moving south of the Pacific coast brought snow to many parts of the Kanto region. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the temperature in central Tokyo hit a low of minus 0.5 degrees on Feb. 9.

Snow was forecast to fall until the evening in many areas.

The JMA projected that as much as 5 centimeters of snow could fall over a 24-hour period until 6 a.m. on Feb. 10 in some of the capital's 23 wards.

Mountainous parts of the Kanto region could get as much as 10 cm, while eight cm was forecast for low-level areas.

The snow caused airlines to cancel scheduled flights.

Japan Airlines Co. canceled 50 flights into and out of Narita and Haneda airports, affecting 7,340 or so passengers.

All Nippon Airways Co. canceled 55 flights, and Jetstar Japan Co. canceled 34 flights.

Due to continued low temperatures in the Kanto region between Feb. 10 and 11, snow was also forecast for Feb. 11, National Founding Day, a national holiday.

But the situation in the greater Tokyo metropolitan area was nothing compared to what residents of Hokkaido in the far north had to brace for.

The main northern island was being blasted by the coldest weather in JMA history, with four observation points registering bone-chilling temperatures of under minus 30 degrees.

Rikubetsu, which describes itself as the coldest town in Japan, recorded a low of minus 31.8 degrees.