Northern Japan Braces for Blizzard


Japanese macaque monkeys in Yamanouchi, central Japan, 19 January 2014. A blizzard is expected to hit northern Japan later Monday, with dozens of train services already cancelled on the island of Hokkaido. EPA

TOKYO (DPA) – A blizzard is expected to hit northern Japan later Monday, with dozens of train services already cancelled on the island of Hokkaido.

 Weather authorities warned of strong winds, heavy snow and high waves in the region as the low-pressure system approached.

The Meteorological Agency said it expected snow accumulation to reach up to 80 centimetres in some parts of the island over a 24-hour period.

With heavy snow and strong winds already falling in some areas, train operator JR Hokkaido announced the cancellation of dozens of train services on the island, Hokkaido newspaper reported.

 

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