Zao Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 12th January 2017

Zao Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:20am on Thursday 12th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing
wind condition
Slight
visibility condition
Limited
This report
Thursday 12th January 2017, 8:20am
13cm
Wednesday 11th January 2017, 9:09am 18cm
Tuesday 10th January 2017, 10:35am 0cm
Monday 9th January 2017, 9:00am 11cm
Sunday 8th January 2017, 9:34am 0cm
Saturday 7th January 2017, 9:08am 0cm
Friday 6th January 2017, 10:43am 12cm
Last 7 reports (total): 54cm
Last 14 reports (total): 88cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 84cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 193cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:20am on Thursday 12th January 2017
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Good morning from Zao.

It's a suitably cold and snowy January morning here and I have 13cm of fresh snow to report on the ground. It's all adding up and I see that the official snow depth for Chuo and Paradise have at last risen to 1m!

The forecast still tells us to expect a lot more snow over the next four days so we can hope to see those numbers rise more.

As long as wind doesn't affect things, conditions should be good for the weekend. Do get suitably kitted up though as it very likely won't be the friendliest of weather conditions. If you prefer clearer skies and some sunshine, that is probably going to happen early next week.

After a busy New Year and long weekend, things have quietened down considerably this week.

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The following lifts are not operating:
Karamatsu pair
Paradise Number 3 pair
Yokokura Number 2 pair

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Official snow depths:
Chuo - 100cm
Utopia - 95cm
Uwanodai - 60cm
Paradise - 100cm

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Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time Zao Ropeway operations - upcoming dates

January 2017: 14th, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 27th-31st
February 2017: 1st-28th
March 2017: 1st-5th

Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
Ropeway return charges are 2,600 yen for adults and 1,300 yen for children.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.

Archive report: Posted at 8:20am on Thursday 12th January 2017
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao Onsen is mostly open

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  2016/2017
*as of Thursday 12th January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
12th January 13cm 3cm 10cm
11th January 18cm 11cm 1cm
10th January 0cm 10cm 10cm
9th January 11cm 6cm 0cm
8th January 0cm 12cm 20cm
7th January 0cm 1cm 3cm
6th January 12cm 4cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 54cm 47cm 44cm
Previous 14 days total 88cm 55cm 102cm
November observed snowfall total 11cm 22cm 20cm
December observed snowfall total 98cm 96cm 281cm
January observed snowfall total 84cm 211cm 118cm
February observed snowfall total - 83cm 181cm
March observed snowfall total - 45cm 103cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 193cm 460cm 703cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 12th January 2017
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
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - 11cm
[11cm]
98cm
[109cm]
84cm
[193cm]
- - - -
2015/2016 season - 22cm
[22cm]
96cm
[118cm]
211cm
[329cm]
83cm
[412cm]
45cm
[457cm]
3cm
[460cm]
-
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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