Blizzards And Rough Seas Forecast In Northern Japan

Blizzards and rough seas forecast in northern Japan

Weather officials in Japan are forecasting blizzards and rough seas in northern Japan through Wednesday.

Meteorological agency officials say that there's a rapidly-developing low pressure system near the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido, and a winter-type pressure pattern is likely to strengthen.

This is expected to bring in a cold air mass, which will cause powerful winds and snow on the Sea of Japan coast in northern Japan and whip up large waves.

Blizzards will likely pack winds of up to 83 kilometers per hour and have gusts of up to 126 kilometers in the Hokkaido and Tohoku regions. Waves could reach a height of 6 meters.

The agency is calling on people to be on the alert for disruptions to transportation due to the snow as well as stormy winds and high waves.