A snow apocalypse is currently hitting parts of japan.
Within three days more than 2 meters (6.6 feet) of snow accumulated on the Niigata and Gunma prefectures, isolating communities, disrupting powers for tens of thousands of households and stranding more than 2,100 cars on a highway.
Self-defence forces were called out to provide food, blankets and fuel to motorists after sudden record snowfall stranded hundreds of cars on the Kan-Etsu Expressway between Tsukiyono town and Yuzawa town, north of Tokyo, on the coast of the Sea of Japan.
More than 2,100 drivers were trapped inside their car for 17 hours and were forced to spend the night in their cars. At one point the line of vehicles stretched for 16.5km (10 miles).
Some even had to keep removing snow from the exhaust pipe to prevent potentially deadly fumes from entering their car.
“I hardly slept, and I was worried because I had absolutely no information about the situation. I haven’t eaten since last night, and I don’t have much water left. I don’t have any information on what is going to happen. I’m exhausted. I want to lie down and rest in a futon soon,” a man who was driving to Tokyo from his home near Niigata.
Some areas of the country have seen record levels of snow. The heaviest snowfall was centred on Niigata and Gunma prefectures, which had about 2 meters (6.6ft) of snow over three days.
Minakami in Gunma Prefecture had 217 centimeters over a 72-hour period to Thursday morning, while Yuzawa in Niigata Prefecture saw over 180 cm as of 8 a.m.
The Japan Meteorological Agency warned of more snow, avalanches and further traffic disruptions in eastern and central Japan, and coastal areas.
Meanwhile, the east of the US is also being buried in heavy snow. Look at the impressive pictures below:
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