Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 18th March 2018
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Thursday 18th March 2010, 8:20am
Cloudy with snow expected later in the day.
It was a case of get out early for the best runs yesterday, as the warm afternoon caused sticky conditions occur across the resort.
Today we have been greeted by thick fog across the the resort and snow is expected to begin falling this afternoon. This should continue through the evening, with 13cm expected between now and tomorrow morning. This should make for a nice day up on the slopes this morning.
The forecast for the next few days shows some sunny weather followed by more snow on Saturday and Sunday.
It's your typical post winter morning in the Hakuba valley.
With visibility and the snow condition great at lower elevations, its a good morning to get some turns in early.
Snow is forecast for later in the day into tonight and light winds expected also (there's actually currently some light flakes falling now as well), making for another good day of skiing or boarding perhaps especially tomorrow. A high of around 4 degrees is forecast during the day.
Temperatures below zero are expected overnight with a chance further sprinklings of snow down to village, followed by mild temperatures during the day the next couple of days especially Saturday when it is forecast to really warm up once again... we could very well be into double figures.
We have 1cm or so of snow to report on the slopes around town this morning!
Earlier on, it was snowing here though at the moment it has got much brighter and breaks in the cloud - and not snowing here anymore. A cloudy day is forecast with a high of around 4 degrees.... and perhaps some sleet turning into snow later on tonight but tomorrow should once again be just cloudy.
All resorts in the region are open as planned this morning.
We're still in this "winter's back" period! It is another cold morning in Zao. -3 in the village now but earlier on the resort was reporting -7 at Utopia, -6 in the Chuo areas and -9 degrees up at the top there. Also --- 1-2cm of fresh snow.
There's some fairly strong winds blowing about making it really feel cold out as well. Weather conditions this morning aregenerally cloudy with poor visibility higher up the mountain as I write this report.
Perhaps we will see some more snow fall tonight (up to 5cm?) but tomorrow looks set to be a fine and sunny day and temperatures warming up considerably by Saturday.
It is looking mighty fine out there today. We have the sun beaming in on Furano, some blue sky and mild temperatures. With 30cm of fresh snow yesterday the mountain once again is in very good conditon. The main runs have been meticulously groomed and have fresh packed powder on offer. For powder hounds there are still places available for you to enjoy. Apart from a few school kids on the mountain you will pretty much have the slopes to yourself. Todays advice = same as yesterday...get out there and enjoy it.
Good times in Niseko! Since last report we've had pretty much continuous snowfalls adding another 30-40cm of good quality powder. Supposedly the nighta last night was great and with another 20-30cm through the night today is going to be up in the epic scale. Certainly couldn't ask for much better conditions in mid March, although if the sun came out in the afternoon that would really top it off nicely and there's a possibility this may happen. The snow is expected to ease later with the cloud breaking up. Tomorrow is looking like it will be mostly fine and temperatures by the afternoon will get a little above freezing so today will certainly have the best conditions of this week. Currently the very top lifts are still on wind hold but they may operate later today as the winds abate. On Saturday another low will approach from the west and mild air will once again be dragged up over the region and we can expect rain later in the day continuing into Sunday morning. From later on Sunday though as the low passes through cooler air will turn the precipitation back to snow and it's starting to look very good for cold and snowy weather to then continue through much of next week.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 335 Bottom - 190
Niseko Village: Top - 360 Bottom - 160
Annupuri: Top - 355 Bottom - 200
Avalanche Information: (Information as of this morning)
Niseko Avalanche Info No.93
Moiwa base 6am: -7℃, 30cm of overnight snowfall. Coastal data: WNW17m/s at Benkei cape, W13m/s, 2.6m waves and 1009hPa Kamui cape. Annupuri peak 6am: W12.5m/s, recorded SW35.6m/s at 10pm. Predicted wind at noon: W18m/s. The atmospheric pressure gradient is starting to loosen and the storm should start calming down. Maximum snowdrift reached up to 120cm around the peak. Cornices and snowdrifts have drastically developed in the past 36hours, up to 150cm in 1000m leeward areas of Osawa, Kozan no sawa, Higashi-One. Avalanche risk is HIGH, predicted sliding layer is Mar 16th, 80cm thick. Need to leave a little time for the snow to settle. Gate 2 & 3 are scheduled to open at 11:00 depending on peak lift operations. Gate 6 (Moiwa) will open at 10:30. The snowdrifts just below ridgeline are very unstable, if cracks form when you enter the slope, it is highly probable to slide. Be cautious, avoid traversing knolls and under cornices. Ride one by one and ride out to a safe zone when you stop. Stay away from the avalanche path, which are the bottom of gullies/valleys. The snow is good. Have you switched your beacon on? Acknowledge today’s risk before stepping outside the gates. If you see a chair-skier, please give him a hand. Read more ...
Thursday 18th March 2010, 10:19am
The snow didn't last too long yesterday, ending up just cloudy but we have had another sprinkling of snow overnight... just 1cm being reported at Kagura this morning. It has soon cleared up though and right now a fair bit of blue sky is on view behind the clearing clouds and it looks like we will get to see more even though there is still a lot of cloud hanging on.
There is only a slight breeze this morning as well which means that all of the resort areas at Naeba and Kagura are open as normal for a weekday this morning.
This evening the snow clouds should be back and we might be lucky enough to get another bit of snow up on the mountains.
It's a pretty nice day in Myoko; the sun is out, fresh snow has made things bright and clean again, there's a dusting of snow on the trees in the mountain.... Temperatures are staying down at night, although the sun is warm. And there was some fog at higher altitudes early in the morning, but that seems to be lifting as well.
Some light snow looks possible tonight, but around Saturday it may warm up again significantly, before the temperatures drop again. Pretty wild changes of conditions, but as long as the snowpack holds up, things should be good.
Pretty strange day for weather today with a bit of everything. It is currently raining in the valley but due to turn to snow at some point. It is snow higher up at the moment.
Started out a great day today with blue skies and warmish temperatures but the cloud soon came in and by mid afternoon it had started to spot with rain. It is now raining quite heavily in the valley but as it gets colder we are expecting a decent layer of snow to fall.
This up and down seems to be a feature of the next few days and the snow/rain will be alternating with the sun and some warmish temperatures, especially on Saturday.
It has been a cold day here. And, it is snowing again. Nothing major but always good to get those fresh sprinklings.
So winter doesn't seem to have given up on us at all - a sprinkling overnight, possibly on Saturday night into Sunday (after a warm day forecast for tomorrow) and then maybe again on Tuesday. It would be foolish to expect more than a slight snowfall each time, but personally I am happy to see it still coming. And remember some parts of Shiga Kogen will be open well into May and so there's a lot left yet.
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort area: - Ichinose Family