Sea of Japan Areas Hit by Heavy Snow

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Tokyo, Dec. 26 (Jiji Press)--Heavy snow hit Sea of Japan areas in the Tohoku northeastern to Chugoku western regions of Japan on Sunday, affecting railway and aviation services and road traffic.

The severe winter weather is expected to continue until Tuesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, issuing warnings against snowstorms, violent winds and high waves. The transport ministry is urging people in affected areas to refrain from nonessential outings and use snow chains for automobiles.

The rough weather forced train services to be canceled on some sections of such Japan Railways Group lines as the Joetsu Line, the Oito Line and the Sanin Main Line, and caused delays in services on the Tokaido and Sanyo Shinkansen bullet train lines.

A total of 130 domestic flights of Japan Airlines <9201> and All Nippon Airways were canceled while parts of the Akita Expressway, the Tohoku Expressway and the Meishin Expressway were closed to traffic.

The town of Chizu in the western prefecture of Tottori had snowfall of 43 centimeters in the six hours to 10 p.m. Sunday (1 p.m. GMT), prompting the meteorological agency to issue very heavy snow information.

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