Record snowfall hits western Japan causing severe delays

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Record snowfall hits western Japan causing severe delays

A powerful storm rammed western Japan with record snowfall, disrupting flights, train travel and leaving hundreds without power.

Snowfall surpassed 70 centimeters (28 inches) in the cities of Hikone and Maizuru, in the prefectures of Shiga and Kyoto, respectively, data from the Japan Meteorological Agency showed.

Obama city in Fukui, Japan’s coastal region, received record snowfall for this time of the year.

Over the 24-hour period through 2 p.m. on Dec. 26, Myoko in Niigata Prefecture recorded the largest single-day snowfall of 82 centimeters, followed by 72 cm in Daisen, Tottori Prefecture, and 69 cm in Minakami, Gunma Prefecture.

Tokyo also had a light dusting, the season’s first, early on Dec. 26, the agency said. It occurred 17 days earlier than in 2020 and eight days earlier than an average year.

Japan Airlines Co. canceled 22 flights from airports in Hokkaido and Niigata Prefecture on Dec. 26.