North Japan digs out after storm dumps up to two metres of snow

North Japan digs out after storm dumps up to two metres of snow
Snow accumulates in the Sea of Japan coastal city of Niigata, Japan, taken by Kyodo January 13, 2017.
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TOKYO - Residents of northern Japan began digging out on Friday after a winter storm dumped up to two metres (7 ft) of snow and forecasters warned of further falls, including sub-zero weather in Tokyo.

A 61-year-old woman was found dead on Thursday under a pile of snow in front of her home in Yamagata prefecture on Honshu island, Japanese media reported.

Television footage showed residents across northern and western Japan shovelling snow outside their houses and off rooftops on Friday.

The cold front was expected to bring "alarming amounts of snowfall" over the weekend, including sub-zero temperatures in the capital Tokyo, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

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