A New Year’s Eve snowstorm blanketed parts of Japan with up to 43 inches of snow whipped by winds up to 63 mph, officials said Saturday.
Up to 1,000 vehicles got backed up in the heavy snow along a 12 1/2-mile stretch of highway after a tanker truck crashed and blocked both lanes in Tottori prefecture, Kyodo News reported. Several hundred vehicles were still stuck as of 9:30 a.m. Saturday, the news agency said.
Meanwhile, an avalanche in the prefecture Friday killed four ski patrol members. Officials said the accident occurred at the Okudaisen ski resort on Mount Daisen.
Ski resort officials said the four went to inspect the area after one avalanche hit and may have been caught in a second one.
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