Zao Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 6th January 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:12am on Wednesday 6th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Moderate to strong
Fair
This report
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
Saturday 2nd January 2016, 10:34am 0cm
Friday 1st January 2016, 9:20am 5cm
Thursday 31st December 2015, 9:25am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 10cm
Last 14 reports (total): 46cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 10cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 128cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:12am on Wednesday 6th January 2016
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Hello from Zao and there was 4cm of fresh snow measured outside my place this morning.

Not a huge amount but better than none and there is more on the way according to the forecast. For the moment it is just generally cloudy here with no snow falling. I am pleased to be able to report that is it definitely colder this morning and over the next week it would seem that the temperatures will gradually continue to fall.

Wind may be an issue over the coming week as well and it is quite windy this morning.

Most importantly, as I said there's snow on the forecast over the coming days. We're just going to have to wait and hope that it's a decent amount...

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I am hearing comments from lots of locals who have been here longer than I that they cannot remember a New Year with as little snow in Zao as this year. It is worrying. And it seems that the low snow count this season so far is not just this region but most snow resort regions on Honshu, from what I can gather. (Hokkaido seems to be doing pretty good from what I can see on the Now reports from those regions).

Here's to a change in that story, and soon!

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Information as of Wednesday 6th January 2016 (subject to change)

Most of the lifts at Zao Onsen are now operating.
Most areas of Zao Onsen are now at least part open but snow is pretty thin on the ground and patchy in lower areas of the resort.
The areas that remain 'closed' are Ryuzan, Omori and Kotan.

Official snow depths:

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

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6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Most lifts are now open, though there are some areas not yet open and snow thin on the ground with course restrictions

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  2015/2016
*as of Wednesday 6th January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
6th January 4cm 0cm 2cm
5th January 1cm 5cm 2cm
4th January 0cm 3cm 2cm
3rd January 0cm 5cm 0cm
2nd January 0cm 5cm 40cm
1st January 5cm 30cm 2cm
31st December 0cm 10cm 2cm
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Previous 14 days total 46cm 74cm 71cm
November observed snowfall total 22cm 20cm 12cm
December observed snowfall total 96cm 281cm 179cm
January observed snowfall total 10cm 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 128cm 703cm 579cm
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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
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - 22cm
[22cm]
96cm
[118cm]
10cm
[128cm]
- - - -
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]
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