Strong gusts and heavy snowstorms hit many parts of Japan for the New Year with the Japan Meteorological Agency predicting that unstable weather conditions would continue until Saturday.
A low pressure system brought snow clouds over the Japan Sea coast on Wednesday. For Thursday, the agency forecast up to 80 cms of snow for the Hokuriku area, 70 cms for the Kinki region, 60 cms for Chugoku, 50 cms for the Tokai and Tohoku regions, 30 cms for Shikoku and 10-20 cms for parts of Yamaguchi Prefecture and northern Kyushu.
Meanwhile, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency again urged people to exercise caution while removing snow. Two more deaths caused by snow falling off roofs onto people below were reported on Wednesday, bringing the total number of snow-related deaths in November and December to 26, NHK reported.© Japan Today