Heavy snowfall caused blackouts in more than 56,000 households in Hokkaido Prefecture today.
Hokkaido Electric Power company said the snowstorm has affected power transmission cables in the cities of Muroran, Noboribetsu, Toyako, and other cities and municipalities.
The Japanese Meteorological Agency warned of continued snowfall through this evening, with cumulative snow expected to reach as much as 16 inches (40 cm) in the heavy-hit southern coastal areas of Hokkaido through tomorrow afternoon.
The agency has issued snow storm warnings in coastal areas of Hokkaido, as well as other northern prefectures Aomori, Akita, Yamagata and Niigata.
So much for global warming.
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