Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 18th November 2017

Yuzawa Now!

Wednesday 21st February 2007, 7:21am
Weather conditions: Fine
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It is another cold start to the day with some frost and fog once more in the valley.

In Yuzawa it is clear and the sun is already making an appearance and as was forecast it looks like it is going to be a fine, sunny day. Temperatures will rise to around +5 degrees in the early afternoon.

Looking ahead tomorrow is forecast to start fine, with a chance of rain later in the day and the next snowfall is still due for the end of the week and over the weekend.   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Wednesday 21st February 2007, 7:51am
Weather conditions: Sun, blue sky
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was a fine day but today looks set to be bluer skies and finer weather - hardly a cloud in the sky early on and the sun out shining bright. It is a very cold start to the day but should warm up a bit as we get into the afternoon.

Camera and sunscreen needed today folks!   Read more ...
 

Niseko Now!

Wednesday 21st February 2007, 8:36am
Weather conditions: Calm and mostly clear.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
There was another cm or so of snow fall at village level during the day yesterday. However since about mid-afternoon it has been pretty much clear. Another cold clear night and a crisp morning out there first thing.

Today we may see some light snow showers at times, but not a lot of precipitation is expected. Currently the cloud cover is high and the visibility is excellent for most of the mountain. Winds will be light-moderate across the mountain.

Looks like we are in for another cold clear night and Thursday will see some sunny periods. However during tomorrow afternoon the wind should pick up from the south and we can expect some snow on Thursday evening and during Friday. However it will bring relatively warmer temperatures and the freezing level is expected to rise. We may see some rain at village level with this front.    Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Wednesday 21st February 2007, 9:04am
Weather conditions: Scattered clouds
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The mill bastard file, whetstone and sunblock are the tools of the trade today. Don't forget to dull the tips and the tails so they don't "hook" on you.
There is snow in the forecast toward the week-end. The valley floor high temperature for today is forecast as 6C (yesterday it was 9c while the actual valley high was 15C). The snow at the top of Happo One Lift Company terrain was still dry at the end of the day and seemed to be so down to around 1,100 m a.s.l. on the northerly exposure. The lower elevation crust was more than twice as thick this morning (18 cm) as compared to yesterday morning (7 cm) at the same location. But the surface was looser this morning due to the intense recrystallization that took place under the cold, clear night-time sky.

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The Hira Kawa Snow Study Plot (830m a.s.l.) 0700 hr. reading is:

Sky: Scattered clouds
Temperature: Present: -2.0 C
Maximum: 15.0 C
Minimum: -5.0 C
Wind at surface: Light from the west
Winds aloft: Light to maybe moderate from the north-west
Precipitation: Nil precipitation
Barometer and trend: 921 hPa and steady
Height of new snow in 24 hours (HN24): 0 cm
Total depth of snowpack (HS): 70 cm
Foot penetration: 0 cm
Surface: Faceted 4 to 8 mm crystals
Density of surface snow: not measured
Crust: 18 cm
Cloud ceiling: ridge top/2,500 m a.s.l.
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Hazard:

Above tree line: Moderate

Tree line: Low

Below tree line: Low

N.B. This is the same hazard rating as yesterday (and the day before). The low elevation crust is even thicker this morning than for the past two days. The daily warming today is forecast to be LESS than yesterday. But the same proviso as yesterday has been added, namely: The hazard will increase with the daily warming. The lower elevation snow pack is isothermal and may react to a slight increase in temperature especially on steep solar radiation effected slopes (even through cloud cover the sun has an affect).

Travel Advisory:
Yesterday afternoon there was moderate wind from the west such that snow plumes were observed along the main range ridge top. At the top of the Happo One Lift Company terrain (1,850 m a.s.l.) there was enough wind to be moving snow around. Fortunately there is probably not much snow available for such transport and the relative humidity is low such that slabs should not form in any wide spread manner. This is not to say that the occasional "cookie" has been formed. One of these little "treats" might just pop out from under a human trigger and give a bit of wild ride to the unsuspecting passenger.

To me, with the definite melt freeze crust it seems like spring skiing. This means early starts, play the crust loosening up game and get the horses back in the barn before the afternoon melt-down. Watch for the lower elevation, late afternoon isothermal terrain traps.
The crust at lower elevations was more than twice as thick this morning as yesterday at the same time and place and the surface was definitely recrystallizing this morning.

A question that is lingering to be answered is what is happening at the upper and lower interfaces of the melt freeze crust that was formed prior to the last snow fall. Are temperature gradients actively destroying the bonds above and/or below this crust and how is the crust itself evolving. We will try and get a handle on this matter a.s.a.p. Have a wee squint yourself: inquiring minds should want to know.   Read more ...
 

Minakami Now!

Wednesday 21st February 2007, 9:10am
Weather conditions: Clear skies
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another beautiful blue sky day in Minakami this morning, reasonably warm temparatures (3 deg C) with a light Northerly breeze. A great day to be heading up the mounatains!

It looks like today and tomorrow will be warm and fine then there is precipatation forecast for Friday which will hopefully bring snow.   Read more ...
 

Naeba Now!

Wednesday 21st February 2007, 9:41am
Weather conditions: Clear blue sky
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A very clear crisp morning this morning. Clear blue skys above and around the peak of Naeba. Further away behind Naeba there seems to be a lot of cloud forming that will hopefully bring some fresh snow. The temperature is a chilly -1 at village level and -3 up top.

All in all a beautiful spring like day with excellent visibility and no air movement.

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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Wednesday 21st February 2007, 10:00am
Weather conditions: Clear.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Another beautiful clear day this morning in Nozawa. Snow at the top of the mountain is still very good and it should be another great day. On the lower runs yesterday was quite slushy by the end of the day and overnight temperatures were very cold so definitely some icy patches today. Some bare patches are emerging.In those areas we are definitely in need of new snow. Temperatures are -4C at Yamabiko and -6C at Uenotaira. The village is a warmer -1C.

The outlook for the next few day remains for a mixture of clear weather, clouds, light snow/showers. Temperatures may get as high as 1C on the mountain Thursday. Winds will be no stronger than 25km/h. Up to 6cm of snow is due for Friday
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Furano Now!

Wednesday 21st February 2007, 14:24pm
Weather conditions: Overcast, heavy snow.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Today started off cold and sunny but has just started to snow fairly heavily so, fingers crossed, this may be the start of the front that is predicted to give us a lot of snow over the next week. The temperature was -10 at 8am this morning.
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Niseko Now
17th Nov, 8:24
Madarao Now
16th Nov, 9:44
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16th Nov, 8:11
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16th Nov, 7:50
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