Severe Winter Storm, Storm Surge and Heavy Snow in Japan: Weekly Outlook

A severe winter storm continues to blow across Japan wreaking havoc for residents and travelers. One man in Sapporo died after being buried in snow. He had gone outside to clean snow off his roof.

Max winds up to 162kph have also been reported in Hokkaido while over 70 centimeters in just a 2hr span has also been recorded.


Storm surge warnings were also issued in Nemuro where 8-9 meter high waves were recorded crashing ashore.  JMA is still advising people in the region to be on guard for rising sea levels.


In the mountains the snow is welcomed. Here there has been a lack of the white stuff and above average temperatures. In fact the above average temperatures across Japan is also leading to the heavy snowfall. The warmer ocean waters combined with the bitterly cold air out of Siberia is making for increased instability thus more severe conditions for the country.

 Check sea surface temperatures here. 

The snow is expected to continue through Friday morning for Hokoriku but continue in Hokkaido in to the weekend. When this is all said and done some resorts could have more than 150cm of fresh snow from this week alone in Nagano and Niigata.


Do not forget the slope of the week this coming weekend is in Nagano.

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