Heavy Snow in Sapporo Japan Cancels Hundreds of Flights, Trains Last Weekend

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Cars outside Sapporo's New Chitose Airport lie covered in snow, on Dec 12, 2016. PHOTO: JASON GOH
Cars outside Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport lie covered in snow, on Dec 12, 2016. PHOTO: JASON GOH

Heavy snow hit central Hokkaido on Saturday, disrupting flight and train services throughout the region. In Sapporo, 65 centimeters of snow had accumulated by 3 p.m., the most in early December since 1987, according to the Sapporo district meteorological observatory, and currently it is still snowing.

The Kiroro Resort Snow World Ski Center in Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost island, has received much acclaim for its vast supply of powdery snow,
The Kiroro Resort Snow World Ski Center in Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, celebrates its 25th anniversary covered in recent snow brought by last weekend’s storm.
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Sapporo locals rejoice over last weekends dump of snow that caused travel disruptions for thousands over the weekend.

At New Chitose Airport, southeast of the capital Sapporo, over 400 flights were canceled, according to the airport operator. A total of 135 train runs, including those connecting Sapporo Station with New Chitose Airport, were also suspended, affecting around 18,000 people, Hokkaido Railway Co. said. Thousands of residents are still without power.

Snow blankets Hokkaido Japan December 10,11 2016
Snow blankets Hokkaido Japan December 10,11 2016

The forecast for the region calls for more cold temperatures and more snow albeit in less accumulations.japan-weather

Heavy snow and damaging winds have battered Hokkaido in northern Japan. Up to 70cm of snow has fallen, with wind gusts around 80mph, cancelling 420 flights and leaving thousands without electricity.

 

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