Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 14th February 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:12am on Friday 14th February 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, increasing blue sky
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
3-10m/s (Hirafu)
Good
This report
Friday 14th February 2014, 8:12am
10cm
Thursday 13th February 2014, 8:15am 0cm
Wednesday 12th February 2014, 7:57am 5cm
Tuesday 11th February 2014, 8:26am 0cm
Monday 10th February 2014, 8:24am 0cm
Sunday 9th February 2014, 8:05am 0cm
Saturday 8th February 2014, 8:50am 5cm
Last 7 reports (total): 20cm
Last 14 reports (total): 99cm
Current month (February 2014) total: 99cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 958cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:12am on Friday 14th February 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

It's Friday morning and I have good news - snowfall to report! Yes, it's back to snow. Actually, it was back to the snow during the day yesterday...

It's not knee deep alas, but 10cm or so here in the village area and as you can see below from the Avalanche Report today 20cm being reported from the mountain there. Yey, as they say.

We are told not to expect much snow today - if any, the light snow seems to have eased off now and there's more and more blue sky appearing now - but snow is forecast for the over the weekend and into early next week. Some forecasts say it'll be tomorrow and some say Sunday.

It is currently -6 degrees here in Hirafu and while it should get very cold overnight tonight, tomorrow is expected to be somewhat milder than today with highs closing in on freezing point. Especially if we end up with the sun that some forecasts tell us might happen.

So kind of a mixed outlook really and difficult to read. I'll tell you exactly what is happening tomorrow morning... tomorrow morning.

In the meantime, I must get out and enjoy that new fresh layer we have. Looks like lots of people have the same idea!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -8C, 20cm in the last 12hrs. Moiwa 800m: -12C, Wind NW12m/s, 20cm new snow, snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -15C, wind NW15m/s, 20cm new snow, snowdrift development. Hirafu 1000m: -11C, light winds, 10cm new snow. Annupuri peak 1308m: -16.2C, wind WNW7.8m/s. Cape Benkei: NW15m/s, Cape Kamui: WSW10m/s, wave 1.4m, pressure 1026hPa.

A high pressure system is bringing strong westerly winds into the area, this has caused movement of snow and snowdrift development on leeward slopes . On steep slopes and knolls above 1000m the avalanche risk is higher. The snow in forest although not deep, is reset and should be good. Snow flurries and gusting winds are expected to continue today. Avoid riding steep slopes(>40deg) above 1000m as there is possibility of up to 50cm fracture and avalanche to occur. Opening of peak gates yet to be decided. Please respect the patrols decision.

Newly formed snowdrifts are very weak and prone to collapse easily, causing surface avalanches. In the Niseko area, once winds reach 18m/s the avalanche risk rises dramatically. Accidents can be avoided by recognising the changing conditions and taking appropriate actions. A slope that was save yesterday may not be today.

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Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 380cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 350cm
Base - 220cm

Annupuri:
Top - 310cm
Base - 210cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:12am on Friday 14th February 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas open

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12th February 5cm 10cm -
11th February 0cm 10cm -
10th February 0cm 10cm -
9th February 0cm 35cm -
8th February 5cm 20cm -
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March observed snowfall total - 164cm -
April observed snowfall total - 32cm -
May observed snowfall total - 2cm -
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