Major snow that hit the Japanese archipelago last Friday forced most of the country’s major automakers to scuttle operations for the day. Toyota, for instance, suspended operations at all 15 of the factories it runs in Japan, while Honda, Mitsubishi and Daihatsu also temporarily halted production.

The snow storm must have been unusual for Japan, as current weather forecasts for most major cities in the country have the mercury rising somewhere into the upper 40-degree range all week. Any local Japanese out there who can either corroborate or discredit these reports?