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A blizzard in northern Japan forced airlines to cancel 94 flights Thursday, mainly those to and from airports in Hokkaido, airline officials said.

Some 66 cm of snow fell in the 24 hours to 3 p.m. Thursday in Kitami, near the Sea of Okhotsk. The city has been blanketed by 165 cm of snow, the highest level since 1974, the Meteorological Agency said.

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