Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 15th March 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 1:24pm on Monday 15th March 2010
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Archive report: Posted at 1:24pm on Monday 15th March 2010
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The approaching storm system is starting to make itself felt with winds picking up and thickening cloud across the region. Snow is expected to start falling soon and temperatures are currently still below freezing at village level. As the warm front passes through a bit later the temperature will continue to rise tonight until the snow will turn to rain. There should be quite a bit of snow preceding the rain so hopefully there not too much negative impact overall on the snowpack. A reasonable amount of snow can be expected to follow the rain and continue for the next few days.
The snow currently isn't too bad around the mountain although a little crusty along exposed ridges in lee slopes and gullies some reasonable turns can be found.
It's been a rather turbulent weather month so far with rapid changes from being really good to really bad and then back again.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 300
Bottom - 170

Niseko Village:
Top - 360
Bottom - 150

Top - 350
Bottom - 200

Avalanche Information:
(Information as of this morning)

Niseko Avalanche Info No.90

Moiwa base 6am: -4℃, no snowfall in the past 12 hours.
Coastal data: SSE4m/s at Benkei cape, SSW8m/s, 1.3m waves and 1023hPa at Kamui cape.
No data available from the peak anemometer due to ice accretion.
Hirafu patrol reported calm conditions at the peak this morning and the surface is crusted above 1200m.
A SW wind is predicted to pick up from around noon.
The snowdrifts below 1100m are now stable and the avalanche hazard is moderate.
Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30. Ask for the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out.
The weather is forecasted to turn bad as a Low is approaching; it is better go out quickly.
The snow below 1100m is good. Remain in control and watch out for trees and crevasses.
Always avoid riding valley bottoms in order to minimize the chances to get caught in a full depth slide.
Prudent thinking will keep you out of trouble.
Always keep in mind that the area outside the gates is not the resort anymore.
Have a nice day.

Archive report: Posted at 1:24pm on Monday 15th March 2010
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