Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 24th January 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:55am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow at the moment
wind condition
Light-moderate
visibility condition
Limited-poor
This report
Wednesday 24th January 2018, 7:55am
15cm
Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 7:38am 11cm
Monday 22nd January 2018, 7:43am 5cm
Sunday 21st January 2018, 8:32am 0cm
Saturday 20th January 2018, 7:48am 0cm
Friday 19th January 2018, 8:12am 0cm
Thursday 18th January 2018, 8:37am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 31cm
Last 14 reports (total): 59cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 185cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 476cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:55am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Good morning from Yuzawa.

Lots of nature news yesterday with the eruption (see below for more on that - Yuzawa is totally unaffected) and the Kanto region still coping with the snowfall that they got. Phew!

It took until evening for snow to start falling properly here yesterday. Those curiously shy clouds moved in during the day with some wet snow by later on, then some decent snow as things got darker. We were hoping for up to 40cm of snow this morning (as per the local Niigata forecast) but... that didn't quite happen.

Yes, we do have a welcome layer of snow - I am measuring 15cm - but can't help but feel a little disappointed with that. Still, the forecasts remain firm in their absolute promise of tons of snow over the next few days.

I still believe! And I can't wait to report it...

For the record here is the amount of fresh snowfall that resorts are reporting:

Kagura (main): 40cm
Kagura (Mitsumata): 30cm
Kagura (Tashiro): 20cm
Maiko Snow Resort: 20-30cm
Ishiuchi Maruyama: 10cm

Some good numbers up at Kagura there.

More please!

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About the volcanic eruption at Kusatsu-Shirane-san in Gunma Prefecture on 23rd January 2018

As you may have heard, yesterday morning there was a limited volcanic eruption followed by an avalanche in western Gunma Prefecture, close to the border with northern Nagano Prefecture. The eruption at Motoshirane happened close to the more famous Kusatsu-Shirane-san - and also the slopes of the Kusatsu Kokusai ski resort. Around 80 skiers were evacuated to an area near the upper area of Kusatsu-Shirane with some trapped in the gondola and on lifts for a while.

Very sadly, as a result of this event there was one fatality and a number of injuries, apparently due to flying rocks and the avalanche. As far as we can tell there have been no further eruptions since yesterday morning.

Our thoughts are with everyone involved and caught up in this.

This incident made the international news with some people visiting Japan asking if their ski resort will be safe, and so we thought we would add this information to our daily reports this morning.

The only ski resort affected by this event is Kusatsu Kokusai in Gunma Prefecture.

It is currently unclear how this will affect the top area of the resort, but it seems that the lower slopes of Kusatsu Kokusai will remain open today – those slopes are quite a distance from the affected area. (And perhaps this is a good example of how Japanese people are used to living with the threat of earthquakes and volcanos!)

The ski resorts in Shiga Kogen (Nagano) and Manza Onsen (Gunma) are the other closest ski resorts, but they are outside of the 2km restricted area -- and are unaffected.

And of course, ski resorts that are further away than that are also totally unaffected.

The central part of Kusatsu town itself is about 7km away from the volcano and so also unaffected.

We hope this information helps.

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Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Yuzawa IC exit (Route 17)

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Updated: Wednesday 24th January 2018

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
- 220cm

Iwappara
- 140cm

Kagura
- Kagura area: 310cm
- Mitsumata area: 210cm
- Tashiro area: 260cm

Kandatsu Kogen
- 190cm

Naeba
- 220cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 160cm

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 180cm
- Base: 130cm

Yuzawa Park
- 120cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 130cm

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Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma (just to the north of Yuzawa):

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 180cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 180cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 200cm
- Base: 110cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Closed on Wednesdays until 14th March
- 250cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:55am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts should be opening as planned

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Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Yuzawa Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2017/2018
*as of Wednesday 24th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
24th January 15cm 27cm 3cm
23rd January 11cm 32cm 11cm
22nd January 5cm 2cm 8cm
21st January 0cm 6cm 26cm
20th January 0cm 0cm 3cm
19th January 0cm 1cm 4cm
18th January 0cm 8cm 1cm
Previous 7 days total 31cm 76cm 56cm
Previous 14 days total 59cm 333cm 69cm
November observed snowfall total 14cm 2cm 0cm
December observed snowfall total 277cm 144cm 92cm
January observed snowfall total 185cm 470cm 143cm
February observed snowfall total - 267cm 151cm
March observed snowfall total - 71cm 38cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 476cm 954cm 424cm
Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 24th January 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Yuzawa Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2017/2018 season - 14cm
[14cm]
277cm
[291cm]
185cm
[476cm]
- - - -
2016/2017 season - 2cm
[2cm]
144cm
[146cm]
470cm
[616cm]
267cm
[883cm]
71cm
[954cm]
0cm
[954cm]
0cm
[954cm]
2015/2016 season 0cm
[0cm]
0cm
[0cm]
92cm
[92cm]
143cm
[235cm]
151cm
[386cm]
38cm
[424cm]
0cm
[424cm]
0cm
[424cm]
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
0cm
[0cm]
559cm
[559cm]
420cm
[979cm]
228cm
[1207cm]
95cm
[1302cm]
1cm
[1303cm]
0cm
[1303cm]
2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
5cm
[5cm]
131cm
[136cm]
297cm
[433cm]
204cm
[637cm]
191cm
[828cm]
5cm
[833cm]
0cm
[833cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
8cm
[8cm]
217cm
[225cm]
254cm
[479cm]
238cm
[717cm]
42cm
[759cm]
3cm
[762cm]
0cm
[762cm]
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