Well, we can forget about that earlier blog entry’s claim for the heaviest snow in 20 years!
The snowfall on Friday was not only heavier here, it was followed by a few hours of rain on Saturday, which makes the snow piled up on roofs etc. denser. Locally, several carports and verandas collapsed under the weight of the snow – my bike park at work also fell in.
And, to make matters worse, it looks like more snow is on the way…
Over 9,000 people in Japan cut off due to heavy snowfall
TOKYO (Kyodo) — More than 9,000 people remained cut off Monday after heavy snowfall on the weekend, with roads blocked in some mountainous areas of Yamanashi, Saitama and Gunma prefectures as well as western Tokyo.
People traveling in vehicles in parts of Yamanashi, Nagano and Gunma prefectures were stranded as some highways were closed, and some Chuo Line train passengers were taken to hotels and other facilities as the trains were stuck in snow in Yamanashi.
The number of deaths related to the snow, excluding people involved in traffic accidents, has risen to 19 in eight prefectures, mostly in the Kanto-Koshin region centering on Tokyo, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency.
In Yamanashi Prefecture, 1,200 people in the town of Hayakawa and 1,300 in the villages of Kosuge and Tabayama were cut off, while at least 1,600 people were isolated in Kofu and other parts of the prefecture.
Helicopters airlifted food supplies in Yamanashi as main roads were closed in the prefecture.
East Japan Railway Co. on Monday suspended all 60 of its limited express services on the Chuo Line to and from Tokyo.
The Japan Meteorological Agency expects further snow along the Pacific coast of western to eastern Japan from Wednesday to Thursday.
February 17, 2014(Mainichi Japan)
If it’s cold, white and not vanilla ice cream, I don’t need any more of it.