Grandeco Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 24th January 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:22am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing
wind condition
NW 8m/s
visibility condition
Poor
This report
Wednesday 24th January 2018, 9:22am
24cm
Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 8:19am 20cm
Monday 22nd January 2018, 8:29am 10cm
Sunday 21st January 2018, 7:36am 1cm
Saturday 20th January 2018, 8:21am 0cm
Friday 19th January 2018, 7:51am 3cm
Thursday 18th January 2018, 8:17am 5cm
Last 7 reports (total): 63cm
Last 14 reports (total): 172cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 240cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 512cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:22am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
The latest Grandeco Now report can be found here

Good morning from Grandeco.

The wind was blowing very strongly yesterday and that meant that some lifts stopped operations in the afternoon.

There is a strong wind forecast again during the morning today - some lifts will slow down but the wind should be gentle by the afternoon. All lifts are operating at this moment 9:20am.

With 20+cm of snow down by base, snow conditions should be excellent today, very light and fine powder snow.

Keep warm and enjoy the powder snow.

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About the volcanic eruption at Kusatsu-Shirane-san in Gunma Prefecture on 23rd January 2018

As you may have heard, yesterday morning there was a limited volcanic eruption followed by an avalanche in western Gunma Prefecture, close to the border with northern Nagano Prefecture. The eruption at Motoshirane happened close to the more famous Kusatsu-Shirane-san - and also the slopes of the Kusatsu Kokusai ski resort. Around 80 skiers were evacuated to an area near the upper area of Kusatsu-Shirane with some trapped in the gondola and on lifts for a while.

Very sadly, as a result of this event there was one fatality and a number of injuries, apparently due to flying rocks and the avalanche. As far as we can tell there have been no further eruptions since yesterday morning.

Our thoughts are with everyone involved and caught up in this.

This incident made the international news with some people visiting Japan asking if their ski resort will be safe, and so we thought we would add this information to our daily reports this morning.

The only ski resort affected by this event is Kusatsu Kokusai in Gunma Prefecture.

It is currently unclear how this will affect the top area of the resort, but it seems that the lower slopes of Kusatsu Kokusai will remain open today – those slopes are quite a distance from the affected area. (And perhaps this is a good example of how Japanese people are used to living with the threat of earthquakes and volcanos!)

The ski resorts in Shiga Kogen (Nagano) and Manza Onsen (Gunma) are the other closest ski resorts, but they are outside of the 2km restricted area -- and are unaffected.

And of course, ski resorts that are further away than that are also totally unaffected.

The central part of Kusatsu town itself is about 7km away from the volcano and so also unaffected.

We hope this information helps.

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Lifts operating:

- All lifts operating

Courses open:

- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- 260cm

Forecast:
- Grandeco snow and weather forecast

Archive report: Posted at 9:22am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
The latest Grandeco Now report can be found here

Grandeco Now ski lift operation notes:

All lifts and courses open

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  2017/2018
*as of Wednesday 24th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
24th January 24cm 35cm 8cm
23rd January 20cm 16cm 1cm
22nd January 10cm 5cm 2cm
21st January 1cm 10cm 12cm
20th January 0cm 0cm 10cm
19th January 3cm 14cm 14cm
18th January 5cm 5cm 8cm
Previous 7 days total 63cm 85cm 55cm
Previous 14 days total 172cm 232cm 113cm
November observed snowfall total 117cm 4cm -
December observed snowfall total 155cm 112cm 177cm
January observed snowfall total 240cm 327cm 232cm
February observed snowfall total - 242cm 130cm
March observed snowfall total - 153cm 27cm
April observed snowfall total - 21cm 5cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 512cm 859cm 571cm
Grandeco Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 24th January 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Grandeco Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2017/2018 season - 117cm
[117cm]
155cm
[272cm]
240cm
[512cm]
- - - -
2016/2017 season - 4cm
[4cm]
112cm
[116cm]
327cm
[443cm]
242cm
[685cm]
153cm
[838cm]
21cm
[859cm]
0cm
[859cm]
2015/2016 season - - 177cm
[177cm]
232cm
[409cm]
130cm
[539cm]
27cm
[566cm]
5cm
[571cm]
0cm
[571cm]
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