10 Feb '12, 5am

Japan braces for more snow

Japan braces for more snow

TOKYO: Northern Japan was bracing for more heavy snow Friday as severe winter weather continues to cause misery across a large part of the country, claiming at least 83 lives so far. Forecasters were predicting up to 60 centimetres of snow would fall in parts of the northernmost island of Hokkaido and in the north of Japan's main island of Honshu over 24 hours. In Sukayu, in Aomori prefecture, where the temperature dropped to minus 12.8 degrees Celsius on Friday, more than four metres of snow is already lying on the ground, with more forecast. In Hijiori in northwestern Yamagata prefecture, where the average annual snowfall is 2.6 metres, there is already four metres of snow. The snow has extended over a wide area of the country with Kasumi in Hyogo prefecture north of Kyoto getting 82 centimetres. nearly seven times its annual average of 12 centimetres. Since November whe...

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