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Jan 7, 2015

13:34:30 GMT--Snow Storm - Asia - Japan

EDIS Number: SS-20150107-46589-JPN

Date / time: 07/01/2015 13:33:49 [UTC]

Event: Snow Storm

Area: Asia

Country: Japan

State/County: Multiple areas

Location: [Hokkaido-wide]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: N/A

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: N/A


A blizzard pounded wide areas of northern Japan Wednesday, causing the cancellation of flights and train services, local media reported. Several people were reportedly injured in traffic accidents due to whiteouts and icy roads as weather authorities warned of strong winds, heavy snow and high waves. Thirty flights were cancelled in northern Japan, broadcaster NHK reported, while more than a dozen train services were suspended and some major highways were closed on the island of Hokkaido, the Hokkaido Shimbun daily reported. A winter pressure pattern is expected to dump up to 80 centimetres of snow on Hokkaido and up to 60 centimetres in Sea of Japan coastal regions by Thursday noon, the Meteorological Agency said.

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