Unseasonably high temperatures in Hokkaido this week are affecting preparations for the famous Sapporo Snow Festival, which will be held from Feb 5-11.
This week, the daytime temperature has been around 4.7 degrees on average in Sapporo, which is normal for late March, TBS reported Wednesday. Furthermore, the higher-than-normal temperatures have resulted in more rainy days.
The rain has forced workers to cover half-made sculptures with vinyl sheets.
“We are a little overwhelmed by the March-like weather," said Eiji Oshinomi, a member of the Sapporo Snow Sculptors Association.
The snow festival usually draws about 2 million visitors.© Japan Today