Areas along Japan's sea coast, including the earthquake-hit Noto Peninsula, will face heavy snowfall through Thursday. The Meteorological Agency warns of possible significant snow accumulation in the short term in Fukui and Shiga prefectures.

Citizens are asked to refrain from unnecessary and urgent travel when heavy snowfall is forecast in these areas. Previously, there have been cases of vehicles stranded on roads for long periods of time after heavy snowfalls.

Nagahama City in Shiga Prefecture recorded 39 centimeters of snow by Wednesday morning, while Tsuruga City in Fukui Prefecture recorded 32 centimeters.

The Meteorological Agency forecasts 90 cm of snowfall in the Hokuriku region, including the Noto Peninsula, over the next 24 hours , as well as 80 cm and 50 cm respectively for the Kinki (including Osaka Prefecture) and Kanto (centered in Tokyo) regions.

Snow is also forecast for disaster-affected areas in Hokuriku and neighboring areas, prompting warnings of possible road closures and suspension of public transportation due to ice and snowfall.