Record snowfall blanketed areas of western and northern Japan and disrupted travel on Monday, December 27, NHK reported.
In Hikone, a small city in the central Shiga Prefecture, 68 cm (26.8 inches) of snow fell in the 24 hours up to 5 am Monday, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).
Video filmed by Twitter user @pikotatu shows emergency vehicles navigating snow-covered roads in the city.
The JMA issued a gale and snow advisory as well as thunder and avalanche advisories for Hikone. The heavy snow was expected to persist through Tuesday, December 28, the agency said. Credit: @pikotatu via Storyful