Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 16th March 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Sunday 16th March 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow at times
wind condition
5m/s (Hirafu)
Poor
This report
Sunday 16th March 2014, 8:30am
3cm
Saturday 15th March 2014, 8:40am 2cm
Friday 14th March 2014, 8:50am 0cm
Thursday 13th March 2014, 7:51am 0cm
Wednesday 12th March 2014, 10:02am 5cm
Tuesday 11th March 2014, 8:30am 5cm
Monday 10th March 2014, 8:10am 6cm
Last 7 reports (total): 21cm
Last 14 reports (total): 107cm
Current month (March 2014) total: 107cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 1144cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Sunday 16th March 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Another few cm of snow this morning on the ground here in Hirafu - so hopefully/probably more than that on the mountain - and it is a fairly mild morning with temps just under zero.

Resorts are reporting poor visibility early on with top lifts at Hirafu, Annupuri and Village all on hold as of 8:30am.

As per forecast, cloud with light snow at times is what we seem to have today.

A few people have asked us where the weather forecasts are.... if you look on the right side of this page (or indeed any of our Now reports), you will see a list of 'Nearby snow resorts'. Click on the resort you are interested in to be taken to the resort info on SnowJapan. At the top of that page you will see a large blue tab labelled 'Weather info'. That's where you will find the weather/snow forecasts - and they are updated throughout the year. You may also find some stuff you didn't know about on the site, so please do go over and take a look.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -3C, 3cm of low-pressure snowfall. Moiwa peak: n/a. Annupuri 1150m: mild wind, -7C, thick fog, poor visibility, 3cm of fresh, snowpack 340cm. Hirafu 1000m: mild wind, -7C, light snowfall. Peak 1308m: S9.7m/s, -8.2C. Coastal data: cape Benkei SSE5m/s, cape Kamui ENE2m/s, 0.7m waves, 1013hPa.

A small Low is quickly passing over southern Hokkaido. Typical small crystal snow has started to fall since 2am. This type of snow is loose and slides easily whether in steeps or trees. It is also likely to form a weak layer under future snowdrift slabs that could trigger avalanches with unclear crown. Beware of the coming snowfall transition. The snow condition is actually not too bad as the temperature gradient remained small.

Peak gates will open from the morning. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions, be geared up and step out of the gates. The visibility will be bad in the morning. The season is slowly shifting to spring, but temperature is still low. Beware of sudden weather changes and falling into cracks. Have a nice day.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 400cm
Base - 200cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 390cm
Base - 200cm

Annupuri:
Top - 395cm
Base - 200cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Sunday 16th March 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open

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*as of Sunday 16th March 2014
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
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15th March 2cm 10cm -
14th March 0cm 2cm -
13th March 0cm 0cm -
12th March 5cm 2cm -
11th March 5cm 15cm -
10th March 6cm 10cm -
Previous 7 days total 21cm 39cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 107cm 91cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 275cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total 461cm 443cm -
February observed snowfall total 178cm 316cm -
March observed snowfall total 107cm 164cm -
April observed snowfall total - 32cm -
May observed snowfall total - 2cm -
Season observed snowfall total 1144cm 1493cm 0cm
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
461cm
[859cm]
178cm
[1037cm]
107cm
[1144cm]
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[1144cm]
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[1144cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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