Heavy snow fell on the Sea of Japan coast and parts of Shikoku on Saturday, leaving two men dead in Tokushima Prefecture and causing traffic chaos.
According to the Japan Meteorological Agency, heavy snow is expected to continue through Sunday afternoon in the Hokuriku region and northern Japan. Up to 60 cms of snow is expected to fall in Niigata and Fukui prefectures.
On Saturday, two men, aged 43 and 83, who work for a temple in Yoshinogawa, Tokushima Prefecture, were found partially buried in snow in the afternoon. They were pronounced dead a few hours later. The area had 50 cms of snow.
Up to 90 cms of snow fell in Fukui, while Niigata got 32 cms, forcing Niigata City's airport to close for four hours. About one meter of snow fell in mountainous areas of Ishikawa Prefecture, the Meteorological Agency said.© Japan Today