STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — AccuWeather reports winds at the ill-fated Fukushima nuclear power plant will remain essentially off shore through at least Friday, thereby steering any leaked radioactive matter out to sea and away from populated areas.

Winds at the eastward-facing coastal site will blow from the northwest at 15 to 30 mph through Thursday, local time, then from the west at 10 to 20 mph on Friday.

Unusual cold and snow flurries will linger through Thursday, putting extra hardship on survivors and rescue crews.

West to southwest winds will likely hold sway on Saturday, then southeasterly, or on shore, winds will be possible on Sunday.

Thursday flurries will be followed by a substantial warming trend through Sunday.

Reports say that the Fukushima site has leaked significant radioactive matter into the lower atmosphere with detectable rising in radiation levels southward to greater Tokyo.

Low-level winds are key to tracking any major release of radioactive matter.

By Jim Andrews, Senior Meteorologist for

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