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Severe snowstorms are hitting northern and western Japan


A winter storm is bringing heavy snow to some elements of northern to western Japan on the Sea of Japan aspect on Thursday. Snowfall could accumulate quickly in a single day, creating probably hazardous situations for motorists.

The Japan Meteorological Agency mentioned that through the three-hour interval via 5 p.m. on Thursday, round 25 centimeters of snow had been recorded at mountainous areas in Nagano Prefecture and Niigata Prefecture.

Over the 24-hour interval via late Friday afternoon, as much as 80 centimeters of snow is forecast for Niigata and Gunma Prefectures, as much as 70 centimeters for the Hokuriku area, and as much as 60 centimeters for Nagano Prefecture, Gifu Prefecture and the Kansai area.

The Agency is warning that fierce winds may create blinding blizzard situations in northern Japan, making driving nearly unimaginable.


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