Since December 2021 we were writing about an exceptional increase in snow cover in Sukayu, northern Honshu, Japan /https://mkweather.com/213-cm-of-snowfall-in-japan-only-at-900-masl-sukayu-the-next-snow-is-expected/; https://mkweather.com/330-cm-of-snow-welcome-to-the-snowiest-city-in-the-world-sukayu-the-japanese-coast//.
Record winter in northern Honshu is continuing and at the end of January 2022, Sukayu reported the highest snow cover in January in all-time history, 432 cm!
The previous record was 429 cm from legendary January 2012.
Only 100 cm fell in a short time interval of 72 hours!
Extreme fairytale should be continuing in the next months – spring records after all winter snowfalls are moving around 7 meters, therefore it´s possible, that the region will break its all-time historic records, with around 7-8 meters of snowfall at the end of the season.
Cooldowns should be strong in Japan and East Asia in February and March 2022, Europe and North America will be affected by NAO+ and AO+ more, with early-spring conditions.
Especially northern Japan, NE China, and the Far East should furthermore be a center of severe blizzards, thanks to escaping moisture from the Arctic Ocean, which should be the main factor of record snowfall events in East Asia in recent years.
Moreover, Chitose, southern Hokkaido, had in the last days -25,4°C, tying the all-time record which began in 2003.
Blizzards are therefore often replacing with severe Arctic blasts.
Subtropical Tokyo in Winter 2021/2022 experienced with blizzard, too /https://mkweather.com/tokyo-with-warnings-before-a-snowstorm-first-time-since-2018-10-cm-aomori-3-masl-with-103-cm-kamchatka-record-warm-4c//.
From materials below from watchers on Twitter is evident, that snow cover in the region is massive, life-threatening, and isn´t possible to fight with it without heavy equipment.
Spring 2022 forecast for Asia is available here: https://mkweather.com/spring-2022-forecast-for-asia/, with the next expected blizzard situations in northern East Asia.
The situation in Japan will be on Mkweather still watched in the following weeks and months.
If you live in snow-sea-effect regions in Japan, we recommend you to watch current weather news, forecasts, warnings and advisories.