Zao Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 18th January 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:23am on Sunday 18th January 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, fog
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow right now
wind condition
Moderate
Generally poor
This report
Sunday 18th January 2015, 9:23am
15cm
Saturday 17th January 2015, 9:43am 0cm
Friday 16th January 2015, 8:45am 2cm
Thursday 15th January 2015, 8:55am 0cm
Wednesday 14th January 2015, 8:31am 0cm
Tuesday 13th January 2015, 8:07am 0cm
Monday 12th January 2015, 10:04am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 27cm
Last 14 reports (total): 66cm
Current month (January 2015) total: 109cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 410cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:23am on Sunday 18th January 2015
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Strong winds yesterday meant that in the end the Ski Jumping event was apparently cancelled. I wasn't around but it's a shame when events can't go ahead as planned of course.

This morning we have a good 15-20cm of fresh snowfall and once again there's not much to see out of the window other than grey/white. Visibility poor even down here in the village and while it has actually improved a bit in the last hour or so, most certainly poor out on higher areas of the mountain.

It's a cold morning with snow still falling and a moderate wind. Not as strong as yesterday, but still a wind chill. Feels very cold out.

Forecast tells us it might even clear up to an extent later on today but the snow clouds won't be far away over the next few days.

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Official snow depths (Sunday 18th January 15):

Utopia: 195cm
Chuo: 200cm
Paradise: 200cm
Uwanodai: 135cm

Zao Onsen is fully open (though note that the Karamatsu pair lift is closed on weekdays).

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Night skiing operations at Zao this season

Uwanodai area:
Daily until 22nd March

Yokokura area:
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from until 15th March

Open times from 5pm until 9pm.

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Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time ropeway operations

January 2015: 17th-18th, 24th-31st
February 2015: Every day 1st-28th

Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.

Archive report: Posted at 9:23am on Sunday 18th January 2015
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao Onsen is open

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Sunday 18th January 2015
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Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Zao Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2014/2015
*as of Sunday 18th January 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
18th January 15cm 0cm 3cm
17th January 0cm 2cm 5cm
16th January 2cm 2cm 1cm
15th January 0cm 0cm 30cm
14th January 0cm 3cm 1cm
13th January 0cm 10cm 20cm
12th January 10cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 27cm 17cm 60cm
Previous 14 days total 66cm 26cm 80cm
November observed snowfall total 20cm 12cm 3cm
December observed snowfall total 281cm 179cm 150cm
January observed snowfall total 109cm 111cm 243cm
February observed snowfall total - 166cm 218cm
March observed snowfall total - 107cm 21cm
April observed snowfall total - 4cm 22cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 410cm 579cm 657cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 18th January 2015
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 - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season - 20cm
[20cm]
281cm
[301cm]
109cm
[410cm]
- - - -
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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