All of the vehicles that had been stranded on expressways in central Japan amid heavy snow were cleared by late Monday, the road operator said.
Over 1,200 vehicles were stuck on sections of the Hokuriku Expressway in Fukui Prefecture as well as on the Tokai-Hokuriku Expressway in Toyama Prefecture on Sunday as heavy snow continued in the area, according to Central Nippon Expressway Co.
Some 20 vehicles that had remained disabled on the Hokuriku Expressway were rescued by Ground Self-Defense Force members and other authorities late Monday night, the road operator said.
The prolonged blockage on the Hokuriku Expressway and heavy traffic on other routes led to a temporary shortage of food in convenience stores and other outlets in Fukui Prefecture as delivery trucks were also affected.
Hundreds of residents in neighboring Toyama and Ishikawa prefectures were temporarily isolated as roads to their homes were cut off by fallen trees or other impediments due to the heavy snow.
In February 2018, a severe snowstorm in the three prefectures on the Sea of Japan coast resulted in the stranding of roughly 1,500 vehicles on Route 8.