A deadly blizzard blew through northern Japan last week, raising the snowpack to 18 feet in some places and killing at least nine people, BBC reports.
"The storm unleashed high winds, heavy snow and blinding whiteouts, the worst of which happened on the island of Hokkaido on Saturday, March 2," AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Jim Andrews said.
"Data also indicated that more than a foot of new snow fell at the Wakkanai Airport in northernmost Hokkaido."
Sustained winds reached at least 52 mph with higher gusts. Gusts hit at least 64 mph at Monbetsu.