We're going to be in Sapporo early next week (week of 11/18/2012) and have reserved a rental car from Chitose airport. My aunt contacted my father last night about the weather forecast and she warned of severe winter conditions, snow, etc. and suggested that I don't drive... but weather forecasts I've accessed here in the U.S. (like weather.com) all forecast temp's in the 40's with rain.
I'm trying to figure out the contradictory reports... can someone with access to Japanese weather stations/reports (I can't read Japanese) help me out? I live in Michigan and am used to driving in winter, so a little sleet and snow isn't going to be an issue.