Snow, cold temperatures hit Japan

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JAPAN (NTV-NNN-JAPAN / NBC News Channel) -- A cold snap continued in Japan Tuesday with some sea coastal areas hit by unseasonably heavy snowfall.

People in Aomori City were busy removing snow because of an incessant blizzard.

November's 14.6 inches of snowfall in Aomori is a 4-year high.

Highlands in Yamagata and Niigata prefectures saw unseasonably high snowfall of more than 11.8 inches.

In the meantime, various parts of western Japan had the coldest morning this season.

In the capital Tokyo, the sky was blue but the temperature did not go up beyond 53 degrees Fahrenheit during the daytime, an average mid-December temperature.

This December cold snap is expected to persist according to forecasters.