On Friday, a strong snowstorm swept across areas along the Sea of Japan, causing traffic disturbances and power cuts for tens of thousands of residents, while snow covered Madrid and part of Spain, amid expectations that half of the Spanish territory will witness bad weather even after tomorrow, Sunday.
The Japan Meteorological Agency warned that the cold air system may bring dangerous winds, high waves, heavy snow and snowstorms in the north and areas on the country’s side of the Sea of Japan.
The new snowfall increased the snow accumulation to 156 cm in Jutsu, 98 cm in Aomori, and 83 cm in Toyama, according to the Japanese broadcaster NHK.
Local media reported that more than 280 flights have already been canceled across Japan and about 90 vehicles were temporarily stranded on a snow-covered highway between Ishikawa and Toyama prefectures.
The Hokkaido Shimbun newspaper reported that the winter storm caused about 260 train trips to be canceled on the island of Hokkaido in northern Japan. More than 90,000 homes were cut off in Akita and Niigata prefectures due to heavy snow, according to the Japanese broadcaster NHK.
Snow is expected to reach 120 centimeters above the ground due to snowfall in the Hokuriku region, and to 60 centimeters in central and western Japan within 24 hours until Saturday evening.
In Spain, spokesman for the National Meteorological Agency, Robin Delcampo, said that if the forecasts were correct, we would face one of the biggest snow storms in recent years.
The Spanish capital was dressed in unusually white, and likewise was part of the vast Castilla-La Mancha region in central Spain. And a state of snow alert has been declared in half of the Spanish territory, especially in the central, northern and eastern regions. The authorities indicated that snow disrupted traffic on about 200 roads yesterday, while some trains were delayed.
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