Forecasters are calling for more snow as blizzards slam parts of northern Japan.
The Metrological Agency says a winter-type pressure pattern is strengthening around Japan, due to a developing low pressure system over the Sea of Okhotsk and a high extending from the continent.
Winds speeds are increasing in the northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido. A gust of 108 kilometers per hour was observed in Mashike town at around 6.00 p.m., on Tuesday.
Weather officials forecast more snowstorms for areas along the Sea of Japan coast in Hokkaido and the Tohoku region through Wednesday. The blizzards are expected to pack winds of up to about 83 kilometers per hour, with gusts of up to 126 kilometers per hour.
Waves could reach a height of 6 meters through Thursday.
Snowfall is expected to increase along the Sea of Japan coast. Hokkaido will have 50 centimeters, and Tohoku, 40 centimeters, in 24 hours till Wednesday evening.
Weather officials are advising residents to be on the alert for snowstorms, rough seas, as well as disruptions to traffic systems.