Snow forecast takes Holy Land by storm

Jan 7, 2015

Snow forecast takes Holy Land by storm

With memories still fresh of the Holy Land’s worst storm in 50 years last winter, Israelis and Palestinians stocked up on supplies for a forecast heavy snowfall on Tuesday. The approaching storm, due to peak on Wednesday, was expected to be lighter than in ...

Jan 1, 2015

Heavy snow blankets wide area of Japan

Heavy snow fell on Thursday across a wide area of Japan’s main island of Honshu, as a low pressure system triggered snow and cold temperatures particularly along the Sea of Japan coast. The Japan Meteorological Agency called for caution, warning that heavy snow could ...

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 ...