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Heavy snow expected to continue along Sea of Japan coast: weather agency

Houses are seen blanketed with snow in this photo taken from a Mainichi Shimbun helicopter in Awara, Fukui Prefecture, on Feb. 7, 2018. (Mainichi)

Cold air above the Japanese archipelago is likely to continue to bring heavy snow mainly to areas along the Sea of Japan coast from western to northern Japan through Feb. 8, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said.

The JMA warns that heavy snow may wreak havoc on transportation systems and cause roads to get icy and tap water pipes to freeze.

The Hokuriku region in central Japan along the Sea of Japan coast saw record-breaking snow on Feb. 7. The city of Fukui in the region had over 130 centimeters of snow for the first time in 37 years.

Moreover, some areas along the Pacific coast from Shikoku to the Tokai region are expected to see heavy snow later on Feb. 7, according to the JMA.

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