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