Yokota, Zama close base facilities for winter storm
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The second winter storm in a week is dumping snow on U.S. military bases in Tokyo today with forecasters predicting as much as 12 inches.
Officials from Yokota to Yokosuka proactively announced base closures and cancellations ahead of the storm, seeming to have learned from last week’s last-minute announcements.
On Thursday Yokota Air Base residents were still digging out from last weekend’s record snowfall of 12.7 inches.
Officials there announced that many facilities – including schools, day-care centers and shops – would not open Friday due to the storm – which could dump another 12 inches on the base. The Far East Wrestling Tournament at Yokota High School, though, is still running as scheduled.
Like Yokota, Camp Zama is closed except for mission-essential personnel, according to the U.S. Army Garrison Japan Facebook page.
At Yokosuka Naval Base schools are closed but day care facilities will be open until 3 p.m. Exchange facilities and the commissary will remain open as long as off-base public transportation is running for Japanese employees.
Naval Air Facility Atsugi facilities are open, although the Narita Airport shuttle from the base is cancelled.
The Japan Road Traffic Information Center has not reported major delays on roads commonly used by U.S. personnel but chains are required in some areas. Trains in Tokyo were operating on Friday morning although there are delays on some routes.
Hana Kusumoto in Tokyo and Erik Slavin at Yokosuka contributed to this report.