TOKYO -- The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) is calling for people to remain on their guard against heavy snow in areas extending from northern to western Japan through Jan. 10.
The agency called for people to be wary of snowy and icy roads possibly hindering traffic, as well as the threat of avalanches and snow accretion. It issued cautions over heavy snow in the Hokuriku region in central Japan in particular, with possible transport disruptions and crop damage.
The agency said that snow was accumulating in some areas in the Hokuriku region at a rate of about 20 centimeters every three hours.
Over the 24-hour period ending at 6 p.m. on Oct. 10, the JMA is forecasting up to 100 centimeters of snow in Hokurik, 70 cm the Tokai region in central Japan, and 50 cm in the Tohoku region in northern Japan, with lower level also expected in the Chugoku, northern Kyushu and Shikoku regions in western through southwestern Japan. More snow is expected the following day.