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Over 1,000 vehicles stranded, train services suspended by heavy snow in parts of Japan

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The heavy snowfall in toyama was predicted since around Thursday. I know because a colleague rushed home to be with his family before the storm. I know this doesn't help the people who are stuck now, but it does seem like something that could have been foreseen...

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wishing everyone affected the best.

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My neighbourhood has over one metre of snow. Digging out the car took two hours today. I envied my garage owning neighbours. My wife went shopping around 3pm and the supermarket was out of most daily groceries. Fun times in yukiguni.

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If there is 1 meter of snow on your neighbours garage, they probably need to clear that, then clear it again when it hits the ground.

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If there is 1 meter of snow on your neighbours garage, they probably need to clear that, then clear it again when it hits the ground.

People don't need to clear their garages. In the Hokuriku region most newer garages are reinforced for heavy snow. When I bought a shed it was rated for up to 2 metres of snow. Garages are similar. YKK AP, a garage maker, is from Toyama. The garages are snow and wind speed rated.

https://www.ykkap.co.jp/products/ex/item/series/leon/

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I've spent 6 hrs the past 3 days digging out with the neighbors so we can get an emergency vehicle in if needed. I just walked down to the conbini in the village, and had a beer with a few neighbors I'd shovelled with this morning who said the plough would be coming through tomorrow. One of those responsibilites you can't duck in the countryside that becomes a ritual and a way to bond. People in the countryside here have each others' backs, but you gotta hold up your end.

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I really feel for all these people; when it snows this much it doesn’t matter how prepared you are, it’s simply overwhelming.

I lived in Fukui for 20 years, near the mountains. I think it was the winter of 2004/2005 but we had 4m of snow in four days. I shoveled on average 5-7 hours every day from 12/15 to 03/15. There was so much snow that there was nowhere to shovel the snow.

I had to go onto my roof and shovel it off several times. It was always a little frightening going up on the roof because you can’t tell where the roof ends as the snow is so thick and overhangs the roof edge. every year elderly people would fall off the roof, become buried in the snow and die.

I miss snow but I must admit I don’t miss that much snow.

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Having a garage and heated drive helps alot. Well worth the investment vs digging out. As for the street we are on, our neighborhood did early planning and we all pitched in for snow removal contract and constant ice melt around the clock so that our streets are like normal and because we live close to supermarkets and convenience stores it all is great! Sorry about all the other folks out there though.

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@expat: Awesome. Glad you were able to and did help. I completely agree about the social contract out in the sticks.

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Regarding heavy snow in parts of the Northern Hemisphere, I read an article the other day about how the polar vortex has split in two this year, and part of it is swinging down further south than usual, and bringing unusually heavy snow and very cold temperatures. What is happening in Japan may be repeated in other parts of the Northern Hemisphere.

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why would you go out to drive your car in that weather?

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why would you go out to drive your car in that weather?

Work?

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I had to go onto my roof and shovel it off several times. 

It takes some guts to get on top of a house covered deep with snow. Living in areas that must regularly deal with such huge amounts of snowfall is a tough life.

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Wolfpack....

I have an uncle who lives near the Arctic Circle. He told me that they have to be careful to get the snow off the steeple roofs when it reaches 6 meters deep, and that one recent winter he had to clear off the roof three times. Yes, that is a lot of snow. Another winter they had hardly any snow at all, and couldn't even go cross country skiing.

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"I had to go onto my roof and shovel it off several times."

NO YOU DID NOT! You only thought you "had to", due to a prevailing misconception. As astutely pointed out by JT poster 'aleef', modern buildings are constructed to withstand normal loading of snow.

"It takes some guts to get on top of a house covered deep with snow."

No, it takes stupidity; a blind ignorance of the laws of physics.

"every year elderly people would fall off the roof, become buried in the snow and die."

Yes, we already know this. But why does it continue to happen? How can we convince people to stay off the roof?

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It takes some guts to get on top of a house covered deep with snow. Living in areas that must regularly deal with such huge amounts of snowfall is a tough life.

Agreed. However, it’s not actually necessary to get on the roof and shovel; you can use a rope to saw through the snow and it will slide off. You have to have this information to be able to do it though, and not everyone had equal access to information.

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How to remove snow from a roof safely:

https://youtu.be/2RZVTMqZP_o

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