Snow and ice sweep across Europe, stranding motorists

Dec 28, 2014

Snow and ice sweep across Europe, stranding motorists

Snow and icy weather swept through parts of Europe on Saturday, stranding drivers overnight and leaving thousands of homes without power in Britain. Snow also covered parts of Switzerland and southwestern Germany, and more than 20 cm of snow has fallen in higher parts ...

Two die, train derails  as blizzards continue

Dec 18, 2014

Two die, train derails as blizzards continue

At least two people have died in snow-related incidents since heavy snowfall and blizzards brought harsh conditions to central and northern Japan. A 68-year-old man was found dead in snow near his home in Tokamachi, Niigata Prefecture, on Wednesday night. Police believe he fell ...

Gales and blizzards leave one dead, disrupt travel

Dec 17, 2014

Gales and blizzards leave one dead, disrupt travel

Snow, strong winds and high waves hit wide areas of Japan on Wednesday. One motorist was killed, and a number of airplane passengers were injured in heavy turbulence. Trains and flights were severely disrupted, particularly in Hokkaido and Tohoku as a low-pressure system developed ...

Nation urged to brace for strong winter storm

Dec 16, 2014

Nation urged to brace for strong winter storm

The Meteorological Agency forecast heavy snow and strong winds nationwide from Tuesday to Wednesday and warned of avalanches, stormy conditions and high waves, as well as disruptions to transport systems. The agency’s Sapporo branch, in particular, on Monday called for readiness in Hokkaido, which ...

Dec 14, 2014

Blackout leaves bullet train riders in the cold in Niigata

Heavy snow caused a power outage along parts of the Joetsu Shinkansen Line for about six hours on Sunday morning, leaving some 300 passengers trapped in a bullet train for 2½ hours near the mountainous southern border of Niigata Prefecture. East Japan Railway Co. ...

Dec 12, 2014

Heavy snow projected to hit Sea of Japan coast

The Meteorological Agency on Friday forecast heavy snow overnight for regions facing the Sea of Japan. On Friday morning snow was already falling in northern Japan, including parts of Hokkaido and Tohoku, and was expected in western Japan the same night. The heaviest snowfall ...

People cut off by snow in Tokushima are safe, officials say

Dec 9, 2014

People cut off by snow in Tokushima are safe, officials say

All inhabitants of towns in Tokushima Prefecture cut off by last weekend’s heavy snowfall are safe, officials said Tuesday after intensive efforts to reach residents. But rescue teams remained unable to clear the roads to some areas. Roughly 120 households — about 200 people ...

120 households in Tokushima still cut off by snow

Dec 8, 2014

120 households in Tokushima still cut off by snow

About 200 people in some 120 households in Tokushima Prefecture remained isolated Monday night as roads blocked by fallen trees and snow after heavy weekend snow had yet to be cleared. About 170 personnel from the Ground Self-Defense Force continued work to clear roads ...

Dec 6, 2014

Heavy snow blankets parts of Chubu, Kansai

Heavy snow fell on central and western Japan early Saturday as the Meteorological Agency warned of more to come through Sunday. By midday, as cold air blanketed a large chunk of Honshu, more than 80 cm of snow had blanketed Kuzuryu, Fukui Prefecture, and ...

Dec 3, 2014

Passengers spend five hours stuck on train

Around 300 passengers spent more than five hours stuck on a train in Yamagata Prefecture on Wednesday when power failed. There were no injuries, the train operator said. The incident took place at around 7:40 a.m. on the Senzan Line when a tree laden ...