Thus far today Obihiro Airport has seen 20cm of snowfall and JMA is calling for an additional 10-15cm on top of that. This is 36 days earlier than usual and the earliest since records first started in 1892.
The snow has been causing traffic problems and also ushers in a severe risk of power outages as leaves have just started changing colors in Northern Japan and or are still green. This adds extra weight to tree branches and brings the risk of branches snapping and power outages.
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