A snowplow clears a path beside cars stranded Friday on the snow-covered Kan-etsu Expressway in the city of Minamiuonuma in Japan’s Niigata prefecture.

A snowplow (L) clears a path as traffic is seen stuck along the snow-covered Kan-etsu expressway at Minamiuonuma, Niigata prefecture on December 18, 2020. (Photo by STR / JIJI PRESS / AFP) / Japan OUT (Photo by STR/JIJI PRESS/AFP via Getty Images)