Hokkaido: Heaviest December snowfall in 50 years

Hokkaido – Heaviest December snowfall in 50 years:

Not just for the date, but for the entire month.

24 Dec 2016 – Around 6,000 people spent last night at New Chitose Airport in Hokkaido after the northern Japanese prefecture was hit by its heaviest December snowfall in 50 years, according to the airport operator Hokkaido Airport Terminal Co.

It was the largest number of people stranded overnight at the airport’s passenger terminal building since its opening in 1992, the operator operator said.

Meanwhile, Hokkaido Railway Company canceled more than 380 trains.

As of 9 pm last night, snowfall in Sapporo, the largest city in the province, measured 96 cm (just over 3 ft) deep. This is the first time December snowfall has exceeded 90 cm since 1966.



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