Some 280 flights were canceled during this Tuesday in January in Japan due to the biggest cold wave that the country has suffered in the last decade, which is leaving heavy snowfalls in a large part of the territory and also causing interruptions in rail and road traffic.
The cold air front that has crossed the Japanese archipelago since the day before has left heavy snowfall in parts of the center and west of the country, rainfall that is expected to continue for the next few hours, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).
The meteorological phenomenon is causing minimum temperatures ranging from -12 degrees Celsius in Sapporo (north of the country) to -4 degrees in tokyo and in other areas of the center and west of the archipelago, according to the JMA.
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As of 4:00 p.m. local time (7:00 GMT), some 280 domestic flights were canceled due to weather conditions, especially those departing or arriving from airports located along the Japan Sea (west).
Heavy snowfall has shut down sections of major highways connecting much of the north and west of the country, while high-speed rail (“shinkansen”) services have also been disrupted between Yamagata and Fukushima prefectures. , according to the operating company JR East.
Low temperatures and snowfall are expected to intensify through Thursday, with some parts of the country reaching the lowest temperatures in a decade, as well as the possibility of snow in major cities such as Tokyo and Osaka.
The Japanese authorities have been warning that the cold could freeze the water pipes and the surface of some roads, for which they recommend that the population of the most affected areas avoid leaving their homes except in cases of extreme necessity.
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The Hokuriku (central) region could see up to 90 centimeters of snow in the next 24 hours, while there could be up to 70 centimeters across large parts of eastern and central Japan and the Kinki and Chugoku regions to the west.
The wave of cold air also affects the neighbor since Monday South Koreawhere the authorities have also declared a weather alert starting Monday night.
In Seoul the thermometer oscillated today between -12 and -18 degrees, while the minimums are around -15 degrees in other areas of the center of the country.
In North Korea, likewise, minimum temperatures of up to -30 degrees are expected, and in recent days the state media have recommended that the population take precautions against extreme weather conditions.
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