Heavy snow continued to blanket the Sea of Japan coast in northern Japan and the Hokuriku region on Saturday. The Japan Meteorological Agency said that the heavy snow was likely to continue at least until Wednesday, bringing a white Christmas to Akita, Niigata and Yamagata prefectures, as well as Hokkaido.
According to the Meteorological Agency, a cold air mass is lingering over northern Japan, bringing snowfall two to three times heavier than normal for December.
Meanwhile, police and emergency services have urged citizens to be careful when clearing snow from rooftops, NHK reported. Experts suggest that people should tie a lifeline around themselves when on the rooftop to prevent slipping. Residents should not clear snow by themselves and need to be careful of snow protruding over rooftops like eaves. Pedestrians are also urged to be aware that gutters covered in snow are dangerous.