Heavy Snow, Powerful Winds Disrupt Transportation In Japan

Heavy Snow, Powerful Winds Disrupt Transportation In Japan

TOKYO, Jan 25 (NNN-NHK) – Heavy snow and powerful winds are continuing to affect many parts of Japan today, with the stormy conditions disrupting a number of transportation systems.

As wide swathes of the country are in the grip of the coldest seasonal front in a decade, railway operators on major lines have cut back on services or suspended operations, all together.

East Japan Railway Company said, it will halt operations between some stations on the Yamagata Shinkansen line, throughout today, and part of Tohoku Shinkansen services will also be suspended.

Both the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen lines, meanwhile, are experiencing delays as bullet trains are running slower in some sections, due to the frosty conditions.

From the Tohoku to the Kyushu regions, some major expressways have been closed, with more likely to be shut depending on the snow.

National roads could be closed for snow to be removed, the transport ministry said.

Drivers have been urged to avoid making journeys that are not essential and to keep monitoring the changing weather and traffic conditions.

In areas where snow and ice have formed, drivers are being advised to use winter tires and snow chains where necessary.

Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways have also said they plan to cancel hundreds of flights today and have asked passengers to check and confirm their flights as early as possible.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said, some parts of the country could see the mercury drop to the lowest level seen in a decade.

This weather is expected to continue until tomorrow, the weather agency said.– NNN-NHK


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