Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 3rd March 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:24am on Sunday 3rd March 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, patches of blue
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
2-10m/s (Hirafu)
Decent, improving
This report
Sunday 3rd March 2013, 9:24am
15cm
Saturday 2nd March 2013, 9:39am 10cm
Friday 1st March 2013, 8:56am 5cm
Thursday 28th February 2013, 8:53am 5cm
Wednesday 27th February 2013, 8:47am 2cm
Tuesday 26th February 2013, 8:15am 25cm
Monday 25th February 2013, 8:39am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 72cm
Last 14 reports (total): 154cm
Current month (March 2013) total: 30cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 1325cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:24am on Sunday 3rd March 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Yesterday was a bit of a wild ride, as it was in many other regions of Japan I hear. The Shin Chitose airport and gateway to Hokkaido near Sapporo was closed for a while, messing with the travel plans of more than a few people. It sure has been a dramatic start to March.

So after a day of strong winds and disruption, this morning things have calmed down. There's has been probably 10-20cm of snow since yesterday, but the storm was blowing it all about and so it's one of those days when pinning down a number is particularly difficult.

It's actually colder than it was yesterday morning according to the thermometer and about -4C as I write this. Lots of cloud around still, but I can also see some blue sky above the mountain and the sun is out here in Hanazono where I'm writing this mornings report from.

Light snow showers still on the forecast for today but it feels like it may well clear up. Followed by more clearer skies this week over Niseko, sun and warmer conditions as the week progresses.

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 465cm
Bottom - 230cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 400cm
Bottom - 250cm

Niseko Village
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 240cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -4C, 20cm of broken snow crystals in the last 12 hrs. Moiwa 800m: -5C, wind NW5m/s, snowdrift development. Coastal data: wind NNW12m/s, 3.5m waves, pressure 1009hPa. Annupuri peak: weather station damaged.

Strong wind and snow from yesterday morning until midnight. Wind driven snow caused rapid snowdrift development. Snow deposited previous to low pressure system remains a weak layer. All peak gates will be closed today for the safety of all resort users. Most avalanche accidents during or just after a storm, please take care. According to data and observation the snowpack is starting to stabilise, however open steep slopes and knolls should be avoided. Do not let poor judgement or experience get you into a dangerous situation which may cause an accident.

Niseko Rules have been developed over many years, through many bitter experiences, by the local mountain community to protect all mountain users. Individuals who continually disrespect or disregard Niseko Rules have no right to live in this community. Do not duck ropes. Do not enter strictly off limits areas. Be careful of cracks.

The snow is heavy but good in the trees.

Archive report: Posted at 9:24am on Sunday 3rd March 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas now open for the season. Further details in report.

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2010/2011
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2nd March 10cm - -
1st March 5cm - -
28th February 5cm - -
27th February 2cm - -
26th February 25cm - -
25th February 10cm - -
Previous 7 days total 72cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 154cm 0cm 0cm
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December observed snowfall total 418cm - -
January observed snowfall total 443cm - -
February observed snowfall total 316cm - -
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418cm
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