Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 16th December 2017
Wednesday 10th March 2010, 7:15am
Cloud, light snow higher up
The good news this morning is that there is some fresh snow. It took a while to start falling yesterday and it was evening before it really started and perhaps what we got is not quite as much as we were hoping for - just about 5cm or so of snow on the top of the car.
It seems that other areas in neighbouring prefectures have got more than us this time round.
Kagura is reporting 5cm at lower resort areas and up to 20cm of fresh snow higher up, so that is good to hear and conditions up there should be particularly good this morning for the people getting out up there.
Right now the snow has stopped - apart from up high at the top area of Kagura apparently - and it is just cloudy. After what felt like a cold night though those temperatures aren't really keeping too low... right now it is +2 degrees in town and there's a possibly high of around 4 degrees. With precipiation likely during the day that means that there's a chance it will come down as sleet (or even the 'r' word - rain!) so lets just hope that isn't the case and we can get snow. It should be snowing later on in the day though and into tomorrow morning as it gets colder.
Less wind than yesterday and all resort areas should be open as normal this morning.
I'll bring the news to you early this morning.... Kagura is reporting up to 20cm of new snow on the upper slopes of the resort, with lower areas getting 5cm. Thats about what the village has got as well and while I was hoping it would be more, we'll take it!
Conditions up on the top of Kagura should be good this morning, certainly the best they have been for a while.
More snowfall is forecast for the day, especially tonight into tomorrow, but for now it is cloudy in Naeba and snowing lightly at higher elevations.
As I write this it is +1.5 degrees in the village and -2 degrees at the top of Naeba and there is just a slight cold wind.
So more snow later today and maybe tomorrow morning and after that it should clear up. Get out there this morning if you can!
There is about 20cm of new snow in the village this morning and no doubt a bit more than that on the mountain. It's cold, -4 just before, and a fairly strong wind blowing the new snow around. More snow is forecast between now and tomorrow morning, perhaps as much as another 20cm or so, so lets hope that happens leaving us with a renewed fresh blanket of snow on the mountain.
The Return of the Ice Monsters? Wishful thinking perhaps, but it feels much more winter-like once again and for that there will be smiles on faces of people out skiing and snowboarding this morning.
After tomorrow the forecast has things clearing up again with a run of finer perhaps sunny days into the weekend but even so it should stay below 0.
The snow started snowing later on in the day yesterday and this morning we have around 10cm or so of fresh snow on the Shiga Kogen mountains. That's great of course though it is surprisingly (relatively) mild with it and right now +1 degrees in Maruike. I see that Kumanoyu are reporting a temperature of -1 with Okushiga reporting 0 degrees. So it's hovering around zero early on this morning.
It is still snowing lightly at the moment with fairly poor visibility out there and it is looking like we may see heavier snow tonight and into early tomorrow morning. So hopefully I can report on some further decent cm of fresh snow and improving conditions again in my next report.
For now though improved conditions this morning though there will be icy conditions under the new blanket of snow.
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort area: - Ichinose Family
Overcast with low cloud reaching the top of the higher resorts
For what looked like a "maybe/maybe not" snowfall, it has certainly turned into quite a decent little dump. 30 cms have fallen up at Tenjin and a decent amount down in the valley has meant that the town's snow clearing fleet and household snow blowers have been dusted off and put to use again.
It snowed all of yesterday afternoon and well into the night, with some periods of pretty heavy snow coming down. It started to settle mid afternoon and by evening yesterday there were a good few centimetres lying around. With piles of snow lying on the sides of the road and the water being pumped out it certainly feels like winter again, and enough has fallen to cover up much of the brown in the surrounding mountains.
It's set to get gradually warmer towards the weekend so well worth making the effort to enjoy it while it is good. Read more ...
Wednesday 10th March 2010, 9:32am
We have very strong winds today which have caused the Kitanomine Gondola operation to be suspended.
On the Furano Zone there is a national ski competition. Due to this competition the following courses have been closed: Technical, Panorama, Spies, Ropeway Course. Furano Downhill Romance Lift No.3 is closed to the public. Access to New Furano Prince Hotel is via a narrow portion on the Spies Course that has not been closed off.
Light snow has been falling on and off since last night; not a lot of accumulation (seems like there was more further north, even in Niigata City), but it's still falling, and that's always good news.
Pretty high winds last night, but things have quieted down a lot now, with might winds from the north and increasing snowfall. Right now it's pretty light, but there are a few bigger flakes mixed in—something that can mean heavier snowfall. It's pretty gray at the moment, although the fog seems to be dispersing as the snow begins to fall again.
Snow starting falling and picked up to fall steadily throughout the day and night yesterday and it has left us with around 25cms of fresh new snow this morning in Hakuba. The snow is a little heavy in the village with a lot of whumphing off of roofs early in the AM but a bit drier up top and who would complain this time of year anyway? It's much better than rain and also this snow will pack down, tidy up the runs and help fill in gaps left by the rainfall and warmer temperatures of late.
It's still snowing as this is being written but has warmed up a bit in the village and so not accumulating so much anymore. Temperatures should drop a bit in the afternoon and snow is forecast to pick up a little overnight, halt tomorrow in the morning and the sun to show again. So variable weather conditions at the moment.
The BC will be nasty and travel into these areas is NOT recommended - resorts are quiet, there's a lot to enjoy out there.
Rain is perhaps back on the cards for Saturday, so keep in mind these could possibly be (hopefully not) the last powder days of the current season...
No new snow since last report. It appears to be on it's way though! This morning is the classic calm before the storm, the sky is overcast, dark and foreboding but there is barely a breath of wind out there at least down at village level. On the radar a large area of precipitation is currently moving it's way up from Northern Honshu and it's currently snowing down South of Hokkaido. The system will gradually work it's way up here later today and we cna expect pretty significant snowfalls and the winds to really pick up. The snow should continue through into tomorrow. Friday is still expected to warm a little with some rain possible then snowfalls from Saturday through into next week. Conditions on the mountain today will still be pretty good up high and there should still be some fresh tracks to be found. Lower down it's mostly tracked out and the snow may be a little crusty on sun facing aspects.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 310 Bottom - 180
Niseko Village: Top - 375 Bottom - 180
Annupuri: Top - 350 Bottom - 210
Avalanche Information: (Information as of this morning)
Niseko Avalanche Info No.85
Moiwa base 6am: -6℃, no snowfall. Coastal data: SE4m/s at Benkei cape, E6m/s, 0.5m waves, 1013hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak 6am: SE5.1m/s, predicted to pick up to NE25m/s at noon. North-easterly gusts are forecasted due to the approaching Low. This morning, new snowfall is non-existent, slight snowdrift development due to wind-blown snow and the avalanche risk is relatively low. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30, however will close as the storm picks up. Better not take it too easily today, the conditions will turn bad pretty quickly. Do not seek fresh lines in strictly off limits areas, entering those areas are severely prohibited. One track left under the rope leads many others to do the same, and finally end up in an accident. The Niseko Rules are not there to restrict the freedom, but to secure all resorts users safety and to secure the freedom to ride the out of bounds areas. Beware of cracks and hitting trees. Stay away from gully bottoms, avalanches will run through there.