Zao Now daily snow and weather - Friday 8th January 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:27am on Friday 8th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow at times, but not as I write this
wind condition
Light
Fair to limited
This report
Friday 8th January 2016, 10:27am
12cm
Thursday 7th January 2016, 9:10am 1cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 18cm
Last 14 reports (total): 59cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 23cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 141cm

Archive report: Posted at 10:27am on Friday 8th January 2016
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Strong winds and blowy conditions out on the slopes yesterday, but some improved conditions especially on upper slopes areas with snow continuing to fall... and it was cold too.

This morning there's 12cm of fresh snow outside since my last report. This new snow has covered some of the patchy lower slopes and things certainly look better, though we of course in need of more snow.

I have heard from a friend that the lower Nakamori area is actually skiable but the lifts on that area still appear to be closed (and officially the area is not open).

It's calmer this morning and lots of grey cloud around as I am writing this report. Snowfall is expected today and tomorrow... and through the weekend into early week as well. Sunday in particular is looking good for some potentially heavy snowfall. I can't wait to see some of that! It might also be pretty stormy and windy out there with the potential to affect lift operations, hopefully not but something to keep an eye on.

Monday 11th January is a national holiday in Japan, making this weekend a popular one so I would expect Zao to be busy.

A snowy weekend please!

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Information as of Friday 8th January 2016 (subject to change)

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

Official snow depths:

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

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6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao Onsen remains part open - see the main report for more details

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  2015/2016
*as of Friday 8th January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
8th January 12cm 20cm 0cm
7th January 1cm 3cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 18cm 41cm 46cm
Previous 14 days total 59cm 93cm 68cm
November observed snowfall total 22cm 20cm 12cm
December observed snowfall total 96cm 281cm 179cm
January observed snowfall total 23cm 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 141cm 703cm 579cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
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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]
23cm
[141cm]
- - - -
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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