Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 6th March 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:20am on Thursday 6th March 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow at times, sun appearing
wind condition
2-12m/s (Hirafu)
Improving
This report
Thursday 6th March 2014, 8:20am
4cm
Wednesday 5th March 2014, 9:01am 12cm
Tuesday 4th March 2014, 7:36am 5cm
Monday 3rd March 2014, 9:00am 10cm
Sunday 2nd March 2014, 9:10am 0cm
Saturday 1st March 2014, 8:01am 0cm
Friday 28th February 2014, 7:53am 3cm
Last 7 reports (total): 34cm
Last 14 reports (total): 71cm
Current month (March 2014) total: 31cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 1068cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:20am on Thursday 6th March 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

As expected it is colder this morning, though perhaps not as much snow as we were expecting and hoping for... less than 5cm this morning here in the village. I was just reading the Avalanche Report below and talk of 100cm of snowdrift! We certainly had some strong winds blowing about overnight so expect conditions to be patchy this morning and keep that in mind.

Currently about -5 degrees here at base and the resorts reporting temperatures down to -12 at higher elevations.

It is not actually snowing at the moment I write this though Annupuri reporting snow and yes we do expect there to be snow showers today. There's a bit of sun shining through the clouds now though and blue sky between here and Mt Yotei.

Cold conditions and snow is still forecast right through into next week, with the chance of some quite strong winds here and there. A moderate wind this morning but for now though we appear to be opening as planned this morning. There might be a chance of changes there though...

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9:30am update

The following lifts are currently on hold due to wind:

Niseko Grand Hirafu - top Ace 4, King 4 lifts
Niseko Village - top Wonderland chair
Niseko Annupuri - top Jumbo No4 lift

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -8C, 100cm of snowdrift have developed over the past 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: n/a. Annupuri 1000m: N12m/s, -11C, notable development of snowdrifts. Hirafu 1000m: -11C. Peak 1308m: N19.7m/s, -14.9C. Coastal data: cape Benkei NE14m/s, cape Kamui NE4m/s, 1.4m waves, 1009hPa.

A strong northerly wind has persisted for 15hours and made snowdrifts develop drastically. The wind is calm at the moment, but is forecasted to pick up again shortly. The avalanche risk is extreme. Peak gates will be closed. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions and do not duck ropes to access the out of bounds areas. Avalanche accidents are most likely to occur in slopes with drastically developed snowdrifts due to strong winds. According to snowfall and wind transition, the wind-loaded snow in SW and SE aspects is heavy and very unstable especially in steep slopes. Beware. Better not stimulate cornices and knolls (rollovers). Be prudent today, conditions are definitely sketchy.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 390cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 360cm
Base - 210cm

Annupuri:
Top - 380cm
Base - 200cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:20am on Thursday 6th 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 Thursday 6th March 2014
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
6th March 4cm 0cm -
5th March 12cm 10cm -
4th March 5cm 10cm -
3rd March 10cm 15cm -
2nd March 0cm 10cm -
1st March 0cm 5cm -
28th February 3cm 5cm -
Previous 7 days total 34cm 55cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 71cm 137cm 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 31cm 164cm -
April observed snowfall total - 32cm -
May observed snowfall total - 2cm -
Season observed snowfall total 1068cm 1493cm 0cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
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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]
31cm
[1068cm]
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[1068cm]
-
[1068cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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