Zao Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 31st January 2018

Zao Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:21am on Wednesday 31st January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow at times/places
wind condition
Westerly
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Wednesday 31st January 2018, 8:21am
1cm
Tuesday 30th January 2018, 8:25am 13cm
Monday 29th January 2018, 8:07am 14cm
Sunday 28th January 2018, 8:27am 0cm
Saturday 27th January 2018, 9:28am 24cm
Friday 26th January 2018, 9:20am 12cm
Thursday 25th January 2018, 7:26am 24cm
Last 7 reports (total): 88cm
Last 14 reports (total): 161cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 275cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 534cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:21am on Wednesday 31st January 2018
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Good morning from Zao.

Just a dusting of snow to report this morning, I can just about justify 1cm for the report.

And it is just cloudy at the moment. Perhaps some fresh snow today with clearer skies forecast tomorrow and Friday.

If you plan to be here for the weekend though, come prepared for potentially good snowfall Friday night into Saturday.

You might have seen on the news about the volcano alert level at the nearby crater being raised yesterday. Hmmm. No other information for you on that, other than... life goes on as normal and there has been no 'events' to relay. Zao Onsen village is about 5km away from the area concerned and the tourism office has issued an announcement that we are 'unaffected'. We live with these things here in Japan!

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Lifts and course info:

- All lifts appear to be opening as scheduled
- Note: the Karamatsu pair lift usually only operates on weekends
- All areas open

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 170cm
- Paradise area: 200cm
- Chuo area: 200cm
- Utopia area: 220cm
- Uwanodai area: 120cm
- Oomori area: 145cm

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Zao Onsen forecast:

Zao Onsen 6-day snow and weather forecast

Floodlit night skiing is planned as follows:

In the Uwanodai area:
Daily until Sunday 4th March 2018
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 9th March until Sunday 18th March 2018

In the Yokokura area:
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only until Sunday 18th February 2018
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 2nd March until Sunday 11th March 2018

Night time 'light up' sightseeing ropeway is planned for the following dates:

January 2018: 27th-31st
February 2018: every day
March 2018: 1st-4th

Archive report: Posted at 8:21am on Wednesday 31st January 2018
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao Onsen is open

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Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent Zao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 31st January 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Wednesday 31st January 2018
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Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 31st January 2018
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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  2017/2018
*as of Wednesday 31st January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
31st January 1cm 21cm 0cm
30th January 13cm 0cm 18cm
29th January 14cm 0cm 2cm
28th January 0cm 0cm 2cm
27th January 24cm 0cm 2cm
26th January 12cm 0cm 10cm
25th January 24cm 2cm 12cm
Previous 7 days total 88cm 23cm 46cm
Previous 14 days total 161cm 68cm 141cm
November observed snowfall total 66cm 11cm 22cm
December observed snowfall total 193cm 98cm 96cm
January observed snowfall total 275cm 241cm 211cm
February observed snowfall total - 105cm 83cm
March observed snowfall total - 65cm 45cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm -
Season observed snowfall total 534cm 520cm 460cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 31st January 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Zao 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 - 66cm
[66cm]
193cm
[259cm]
275cm
[534cm]
- - - -
2016/2017 season - 11cm
[11cm]
98cm
[109cm]
241cm
[350cm]
105cm
[455cm]
65cm
[520cm]
0cm
[520cm]
0cm
[520cm]
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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