It's a white November in Tokyo for the first time in 54 years

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Tokyo residents woke up on Thursday to the first November snowfall in more than 50 years.

Tokyo snow
(Shizuo Kambayashi/AP

An unusually cold air mass brought wet snow to Japan's capital.

Above-freezing temperatures kept the snow from sticking in most places, though it did accumulate on pavements and cars in Tokyo's far western suburbs.

Tokyo snow
(Shizuo Kambayashi/AP)

Meteorologists forecast up to an inch would fall, and more in the mountains north-west of Tokyo. The last time it snowed in central Tokyo in November was 1962.

Snow falling on top of autumn leaves made for a bit of a strange picture.

But people were loving it.

Even if it did make the morning commute a little trickier, with minor train delays.

Snow Tokyo
(Norikazu Tateishi/AP)

Not to mention the cold.

It was worth it for how pretty it all was.