Zao Now daily snow and weather - Monday 4th January 2016

Zao Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:28am on Monday 4th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
4°C

Top temp:
-1°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Moderate wind
Fair to limited in places
This report
Monday 4th January 2016, 9:28am
0cm
Sunday 3rd January 2016, 9:41am 0cm
Saturday 2nd January 2016, 10:34am 0cm
Friday 1st January 2016, 9:20am 5cm
Thursday 31st December 2015, 9:25am 0cm
Wednesday 30th December 2015, 8:51am 2cm
Tuesday 29th December 2015, 10:01am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 17cm
Last 14 reports (total): 42cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 5cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 123cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:28am on Monday 4th January 2016
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

It may not be as warm as other areas but still the last few days have been mild and not good for snow conditions - which are getting pretty poor (and even patchy) in some of the lower areas of the resort. As with so many other ski resorts in Japan at the moment, we need more snow.

Bit windy this morning but generally just cloudy as well as mild.

It is going to start getting colder with the freezing point coming down from 1500m to 350m in the next 24 hours and there's a chance of snow tomorrow, and then on Thursday and then a really potentially good cold and snowy snap due at the weekend.

A good consistent snowfall would really transform things. Let's hope that is what we get in the run up to next weekend.

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Information as of Monday 4th January 2016 (subject to change)

Most of the lifts at Zao Onsen are now operating.
Most areas of Zao Onsen are now (at least part) open.
Snow is pretty thin on the ground in some lower areas.
The areas that remain closed are Ryuzan, Omori and Kotan.

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 55cm
Chuo: 70cm
Paradise: 50cm
Uwanodai: 20cm


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6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Please see the main report for more info on what is open

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  2015/2016
*as of Monday 4th January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
4th January 0cm 3cm 2cm
3rd January 0cm 5cm 0cm
2nd January 0cm 5cm 40cm
1st January 5cm 30cm 2cm
31st December 0cm 10cm 2cm
30th December 2cm 0cm 2cm
29th December 10cm 0cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 17cm 53cm 58cm
Previous 14 days total 42cm 91cm 69cm
November observed snowfall total 22cm 20cm 12cm
December observed snowfall total 96cm 281cm 179cm
January observed snowfall total 5cm 118cm 111cm
February observed snowfall total - 181cm 166cm
March observed snowfall total - 103cm 107cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 4cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 123cm 703cm 579cm
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2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - 22cm
[22cm]
96cm
[118cm]
5cm
[123cm]
- - - -
2014/2015 season - 20cm
[20cm]
281cm
[301cm]
118cm
[419cm]
181cm
[600cm]
103cm
[703cm]
0cm
[703cm]
0cm
[703cm]
2013/2014 season - 12cm
[12cm]
179cm
[191cm]
111cm
[302cm]
166cm
[468cm]
107cm
[575cm]
4cm
[579cm]
0cm
[579cm]
2012/2013 season - 3cm
[3cm]
150cm
[153cm]
243cm
[396cm]
218cm
[614cm]
21cm
[635cm]
22cm
[657cm]
0cm
[657cm]
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