Zao Now daily snow and weather - Friday 4th March 2016

Zao Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Zao Onsen (Yamagata), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:34am on Friday 4th March 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Mostly cloudy, bright
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Calm
Good
This report
Friday 4th March 2016, 8:34am
0cm
Thursday 3rd March 2016, 8:07am 6cm
Wednesday 2nd March 2016, 9:19am 9cm
Tuesday 1st March 2016, 11:22am 24cm
Monday 29th February 2016, 9:20am 0cm
Saturday 27th February 2016, 10:28am 5cm
Friday 26th February 2016, 9:30am 4cm
Last 7 reports (total): 48cm
Last 14 reports (total): 60cm
Current month (March 2016) total: 39cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 451cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:34am on Friday 4th March 2016
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Morning from Zao and there's quite a lot of cloud around at the start of the day, but looking at the forecast perhaps they'll move on and the sun will win out. Tomorrow should also be clear and sunny.

Temperatures are going to be rising over the next few days with what will surely be the warmest day of the year so far on Sunday - and rain too with the freezing line shooting up way above the top of the mountain.

It should be getting colder again on the other side of Sunday and we can hopefully also look forward to some fresh snowfall sometime around Wednesday. Wouldn't expect any before then though.

So it really feels rather "spring" right now. But we can hold onto the hope of a few more winter-like conditions to return.

Usually Zao remains part open for skiing and snowboarding until early May - just how that will all pan out this season remains to be seen...

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Information as of Friday 4th March 2016 (subject to change)

The Karamatsu pair lift is generally closed on weekdays.
The evening light up ropeway service has now finished for the season.

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 120cm
Chuo: 150cm
Paradise: 145cm
Uwanodai: 85cm

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6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao Onsen is open as planned this morning

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 4th March 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Friday 4th March 2016
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Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 4th March 2016
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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  2015/2016
*as of Friday 4th March 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
4th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
3rd March 6cm 0cm 5cm
2nd March 9cm 20cm 0cm
1st March 24cm 2cm 0cm
29th February 0cm 35cm 0cm
27th February 5cm 2cm 0cm
26th February 4cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 48cm 59cm 5cm
Previous 14 days total 60cm 90cm 5cm
November observed snowfall total 22cm 20cm 12cm
December observed snowfall total 96cm 281cm 179cm
January observed snowfall total 211cm 118cm 111cm
February observed snowfall total 83cm 181cm 166cm
March observed snowfall total 39cm 103cm 107cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 4cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 451cm 703cm 579cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 4th March 2016
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 - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - 22cm
[22cm]
96cm
[118cm]
211cm
[329cm]
83cm
[412cm]
39cm
[451cm]
- -
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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