Days of continuous snowfall have significantly disrupted daily life and travel in Japan's Niigata Prefecture.
In Minamiuonuma City, many roads are now covered with an average depth of one meter of accumulated snow. The city, renowned for winter tourism, attracts numerous sightseers each winter due to its abundant snowfall.
However, the ongoing snowstorm in recent days has inconvenienced local residents, requiring them to spend more time clearing the snow.
"If I work quickly, it will take me about an hour to clear all the snow. When there is a large amount of snow, I have to remove it from the roof, which can sometimes take up to three hours," said a local resident.
Snowfall has also impacted Ishikawa Prefecture and Gifu Prefecture, leading to a six-kilometer-long traffic jam on a highway in central Japan.
Strong wind, rain, and snow are expected to persist in many parts of Japan, with meteorological authorities warning of the risk of secondary disasters such as avalanches and landslides in some areas.