Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 15th December 2017
Friday 20th March 2009, 8:40am
Rain, forecast to clear up from noon
Happy Vernal Equinox Day! This morning's warm temperatures, if not the rain, are an auspicious start to spring. Perhaps not such good news as far as the long weekend and the end of the ski season go, although there's actually snow in the forecast in the upcoming week.
The visitors getting off the tour buses don't seem to mind the sloppy conditions - they're glad to get just a little bit more time in on the snow. It's foggy and calm this morning and temperatures around the area are well above zero, if not in the teens like yesterday. Area roads are wet, naturally.
The weather folks say that it's supposed to clear up after noon and stay sunny through tomorrow as a high pressure system moves through from the west. The rain is supposed to return Sunday afternoon and snow showers are in the forecast Monday through Wednesday.
It's a rainy day here in Nozawa, with low cloud shrouding the top of the mountain and reducing visibility. In fact it may be hard to find your own ski tips on top of Kenashi-San at the moment. It is 2 degrees and rainy up there and 4 degrees here in the village. There is a moderate Northwesterly of 20 km/h and the snow depth is down 15 cm more on Yamabiko to 220cm.
The forecast snow does not look like appearing, and although it looks like getting colder throughout the day the precipitation will also cease. Looking further ahead there is snow forecast for Sunday night and Tuesday/Wednesday for the top the mountain but it will fall as rain on the lower slopes.
The following courses are no longer available for sliding; Kandahar, Challenge 39, Kurokura, Hachiman and the bottom of Schneider.
The other end of the spring spectrum today. The cloud cover came in early this morning and we awoke to the sound of rain. It has since cleared up, with the sun making a valiant effort to peek through but the clouds have come back in again and things are looking ominous. The forecast looks a bit changeable for the rest of the day but it should be another blue sky, warm day tomorrow and for most of Sunday.
Yesterday, what a lovely day, a good roasting in the sun with big bowls of Pimms & lemonade filled with ice and fresh fruit. Nice.
A complete contrast early this morning, first ventures of eyeballs around the shoji screen to the outside world saw rain. This obviously encouraged a quick hop, skip and dive back underneath the covers! The next time I looked, the rain had stopped - and so the weather has changes to a cooler more windy scenario. Low dark cloud seems to have enveloped Naeba at the moment - it's clear at the bottom, but from about 1100m the cloud starts - so xpect bad visibility up top.
Lot's of action around Asagai this morning too, as the Canada Cup Big Air competition kicks off at Asagai (today and tomorrow).
It has cooled down a bit this morning - currently around 5 degrees in town - but it looks like it is rain all round early on (with even Kagura reporting rain/sleet). There is just a slight breeze and hopefully the rain will ease off later on this afternoon.
Tomorrow should be one of those fine sunny days and it will warm up to around 11 degrees.
It's a national holiday in Japan today, meaning that nighta tonight is open at the following resorts in Yuzawa: Naeba Yuzawa Nakazato Yuzawa Park Iwappara
Lower down the mountain it is raining this morning but in Shiga Kogen we are escaping with either just cloud or wet snow/sleet at the moment. If those temperatures could drop just a bit more we might have a chance of snow but right now it is above zero across the region and the thermometer outside is now reading 3 degrees.
This precipitation should clear up later on and we should be treated to some fine and sunny weather tomorrow and warmer temperatures once again.
Today is a national holiday here in Japan and as such the following resort plans to be open for nighta tonight: Sun Valley Maruike Mammoth Ichinose Family Ichinose Diamond Kumanoyu
Rain this morning and the resorts really looked crappy with dirty snow and ground poking through everywhere but things have cheered up a bit with the slowly diminishing hangover.
Looks like bad visibility on top...checking out the comp at the High Cascade Park might be the best thing to do today. Some gusty Nor-Wester's on top of Happo and only 5 degrees in the valley after pushing into the low 20's yesterday.
Sun forecast for tomorrow, rain Sunday with some snowmen making their mark on the radar at this point. Bit too early to tell though stranger things have happened...
Official resort snow depths on 20th Mar 09: Happo-one: 20cm (Shirakaba) 35cm (Sakka/Kitaone) 175cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira) Hakuba Goryu: 50cm (Iimori) 80cm (Toomi) 200cm (Alps daira) Hakuba 47: 130cm Tsugaike Kogen: 100cm (Kanenonaruoka) 110cm (Maruyama) 260cm (Tsuganomori) Hakuba Iwatake: 20cm (Shomen) 140cm (Sancho) Sun Alpina Sanosaka: 65cm Hakuba Minekata: Closed for the season Read more ...