Record-breaking snow hits Japan

Heavy sea-effect snow and the coldest air mass of the season are affecting Japan, forcing authorities to issue blizzard warnings for parts of the country.

🚩 In 48 hours, Hijiori registered 134 cm (52.7 inches), surpassing the previous December record of 107 cm (42.1 inches).
Over the last few days Obanazawa recorded 104 cm (40.9 inches) — also setting a new December record, while Shinjo recorded 89 cm (35 inches), making it an all-time record and 390% of normal.

🌨 Heavy snow and snow storms are forecast for the northern parts of Japan through Monday.
Up to one meter of snow is expected in Niigata Prefecture and 70 centimeters of snow in the Hokuriku and Tohoku regions over the 24 hours through Monday morning.
There will be also strong gusts of wind, high waves and avalanches.
Bad weather could disrupt public transportation and cause blackouts.

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