Zao Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 9th January 2016

Zao Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:45am on Saturday 9th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing
wind condition
Light
Limited in places
This report
Saturday 9th January 2016, 9:45am
6cm
Friday 8th January 2016, 10:27am 12cm
Thursday 7th January 2016, 9:10am 1cm
Wednesday 6th January 2016, 9:12am 4cm
Tuesday 5th January 2016, 10:32am 1cm
Monday 4th January 2016, 9:28am 0cm
Sunday 3rd January 2016, 9:41am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 24cm
Last 14 reports (total): 64cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 29cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 147cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:45am on Saturday 9th January 2016
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Hello from Zao on this Saturday morning, the first of the three days in this long weekend.

It is snowing outside and I have 6cm to add to the tally this morning. Not a huge amount but as I'm writing this report it is coming down good so I'm hoping for bigger numbers soon. The forecast does look like we are set for consistent snowfall now over the coming week with tomorrow night looking particularly good for heavier snowfall. Might be some stronger winds as well.

Consistent snowfall is something that we (and many areas of Japan, at least on Honshu) have been uncharacteristically missing this season and so it will be great if we can get a good healthy run of snowy days under the belt with the snow depths out there seeing consistent increases too.

Looking at the official resort information it would seem that today Ryuzan, Nakamori and Kotan are open - I imagine the resort really really wanted those to be joining in the fun for the weekend. So it is just the Omori area that remains closed this morning. Other areas are all at least part open.

With this being a long weekend there should be lots of people around. Hope you enjoy it and take care out there!

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Information as of Saturday 9th January 2016 (subject to change)

All lifts at Zao Onsen are now operating except for the Omori quad.
All areas of Zao Onsen apart from Omori are now at least part open, but snow is still thin on the ground and patchy in some lower areas of the resort.

Official snow depths:

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

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6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao Onsen remains part open, we need more snow to get fully open

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  2015/2016
*as of Saturday 9th January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
9th January 6cm 0cm 2cm
8th January 12cm 20cm 0cm
7th January 1cm 3cm 0cm
6th January 4cm 0cm 2cm
5th January 1cm 5cm 2cm
4th January 0cm 3cm 2cm
3rd January 0cm 5cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 24cm 36cm 8cm
Previous 14 days total 64cm 83cm 69cm
November observed snowfall total 22cm 20cm 12cm
December observed snowfall total 96cm 281cm 179cm
January observed snowfall total 29cm 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 147cm 703cm 579cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Zao Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - 22cm
[22cm]
96cm
[118cm]
29cm
[147cm]
- - - -
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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