Snow captivity in Japan: Hundreds of vehicles stranded on roads
Heavy snowfall in Japan disrupted transportation. While hundreds of vehicles were stuck in traffic for hours, long vehicle queues formed. At least 397 flights scheduled for today were also cancelled.
Heavy Snowfall, which started to be effective in large parts of Japan yesterday, affects life negatively. Hundreds of vehicles traveling on the Shin-Meishin Highway in Mie province were stranded on the road after midnight, while a 14-kilometer queue formed for about 8 hours. The Nagasaki state government announced that about 100 vehicles were stuck on a road in the area from midnight until morning hours.
Adverse weather conditions caused disruptions in air and rail transportation as well as land transportation. At least 397 flights scheduled for today were canceled, while services between Fukushima and Shinjo stations on the Yamagata high-speed train line were suspended throughout the day. While the services on the Sanyo and Tokaido high-speed train lines were carried out at low speed, there were also delays on the Tohoku high-speed train line. Also, some trains on the Biwako and Kyoto train lines were temporarily stranded on the tracks last night due to snow and strong winds.
Japan Meteorological Agency ( JMA ), which will last until Thursday, announced that the cold air wave that affected the country will cause strong winds and heavy snowfall in many regions until Thursday. Experts urged to be prepared for disruptions in transportation and possible power and water cuts.