Snowstorm batters Japan's Hokkaido, causes transport cancellations

Heavy snowfall at New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido on Jan 5, 2019.
Heavy snowfall at New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido on Jan 5, 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (DPA) - A massive winter storm pounded Japan's northern island of Hokkaido on Tuesday (Feb 5) with authorities warning of high waves, blizzard conditions and traffic disruption.

Hokkaido Railway Company has already decided to cancel more than 100 train services on the island following the cancellation of 102 a day earlier.

Some traffic accidents took place on Monday as a low pressure system brought heavy snow and blizzard conditions to the island, according to daily newspaper Hokkaido Shimbun.

The storm dumped 35cm of snow on the town of Horokanai and 28cm on the city of Bibai on Monday, the paper said.

On Tuesday, the storm could bring gusts of wind of up to 126kmh and generate waves of up to 5m around Hokkaido and north-eastern Japan, the Meteorological Agency warned.