Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 14th December 2017

Furano Now!

Saturday 24th February 2007, 8:52am
Weather conditions: Overcast.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was, without a doubt, the worst day of the season so far. It started off way too warm and then around 11am the snow that was promised by the forecast arrived as rain! It rained fairly heavily for a couple of hours turning the roads into streams of water and huge puddles, it really was a depressing sight! In the evening we received a centimetre of fine snow which has covered the surface and today is back to minus temps but it is going to take a heavy snowfall to heal the damage caused yesterday. If you are going up today wach out for some very icy conditions hidden by the surface snow.

The forecast is giving a small possibility of snow this morning followed by an overcast afternoon and a clear night tonight. The next snow is forecast for Tuesday.   Read more ...
 

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 24th February 2007, 9:08am
Weather conditions: Broken clouds
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The broken down high pressure has strengthened once again. Thus after this morning's little flutter of snow the sky is forecast to clear, the the ski-fields to sparkle and the high peaks to dazzle the imagination. There seems to be no hope in the forecast for more precipitation in the immediate future. Yesterday on the Happo One Lift Company terrain (and probably for the rest of the Hakuba/Otari area) it was snowing lightly above 1,450 m a.s.l. most of the day. Although the air temperature was above 0C (a measured high of 3.5C at 1400 hrs. at 1,500 m a.s.l.) the virtually constant cloud cover and northerly aspect that was observed was such that the surface snow did not melt (so as to freeze overnight). This was the "Kurobishi" area.

In short, get up high on the terrain and be careful while descending to the lower elevations at the end of the day. The snow down there at the end of the day will probably be slushy, the bare spots will have grown over the day, the hazard marking poles may have fallen over, and new unmarked hazards may have developed.
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The Hira Kawa Snow Study Plot (830m a.s.l.) 0700 hr. reading is:

Sky: Broken clouds (50% or more cloud cover but not 100% )
Temperature: Present: -3.0 C
Maximum: 5.0 C
Minimum: -3.0 C
Wind at surface: Very light from west
Winds aloft: Light form the north
Precipitation: Snowing at the rate to accumulate less than 1 cm per hour {Snowing less than one: S -1)
Barometer and trend: 919 hPa and rising
Height of new snow in 24 hours (HN24): 1 cm
Total depth of snowpack (HS): 65 cm
Foot penetration: 20 cm
Surface: New snow, size 2 mm
Density of surface snow: not measured
Crust: 7 cm
Cloud ceiling: 1,200 m a.s.l.

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Hazard:

Above tree line: Moderate

Tree line: Moderate

Below tree line: Low

N.B. . Once again the crust did not develop nearly as well overnight as during the past few days. In fact it is even weaker although just as thick as yesterday(Hira Kawa daily data for crust and foot penetration). There was a significant wind event during the night (see below). The hazard ratings will increase (i.e. go from "low " to "moderate") with the daily warming and, especially today with the forecast clearing sky.

Travel Advisory:
The forecast clearing sky and easy travel conditions should allow the traveller with the early start to start going places. Once again prudence in the lower elevation, steeper features in the late afternoon is counceled. also in the higher elevation terrain where there is not a bomb-proof melt freeze crust there may be triggers waiting to be pulled. The melt freeze crust down 20 or more cm did produce a moderate result compression test result at 1,400 m a.s.l. on a north exposure a few days ago (sudden collapse). The recrystallization that produced this weak layer has probably continued.

In the valley last night a "strong" wind event from the north was observed last night. This may have transported what little snow there is available so that deposits of 20 cm on southerly exposures may be encountered.

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Niseko Now!

Saturday 24th February 2007, 9:13am
Weather conditions: Clear.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday it rained to high levels. In the morning it was raining to about 800m but by mid-day this had dropped down to around 500m. By mid-afternoon it turned to snow at village level. Overnight there has been about 5cms here in the village and more like 10+cms on the the mountain.

Currently the sun is shining, the wind is light down here but strong up high and the visibility is good. It should stay this way for much of the day. There may be the chance of a snow shower at some stage today.

Overnight some snow showers are forecast. These should continue into Sunday morning.    Read more ...
 

Naeba Now!

Saturday 24th February 2007, 9:36am
Weather conditions: white-out
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Stormy conditions this morning, with an all too cold -6 degrees in the village. With a wind chill of -14! there's about 25cm on the ground in places

Naeba is not to be seen from the town this morning, its white-out all over, Only the big gondola #1 will be working today - according to the lovely lady in the lift ticket sales both.

There's a lot of snow on the road so careful driving please! The super strong wind also looks set to drop this afternoon.    Read more ...
 

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 24th February 2007, 10:29am
Weather conditions: Cloud
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yuzawa is looking a bit whiter this morning with a sprinkling of snow down to town level. Not as much as we might have wanted, but it is better than nothing and there will have been more fall higher up of course. It will not have made any difference to the conditions at the bottom of slopes as reported last night.

Reports from the Kagura and Naeba regions are of more snow up there and means that some fun fresh tracks will be on offer up there.

It is a cold morning with temperatures still below zero.

Just before were some breaks in the cloud, with some small blue sky appearing, but the snow has just a couple of minutes ago started to fall again, so there is hope for some more - though the forecast is for just cloud this afternoon. Some fairly strong winds are also forecast for the middle of the day, and the Gala Yuzawa resort is closed for the day due to those forecast winds.

Tomorrow looks set to be a fine sunny day.   Read more ...
 

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 24th February 2007, 10:47am
Weather conditions: Light snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It was a cold start to the morning with temperatures back down to something winter-like and I'm happy to report that we also have some new snow to report in Shiga Kogen.... about 10cm on the car this morning but hopefully more up high on the runs. (The official snow depth numbers may not all have changed, but the new snow is there!) It is still snowing - albeit lightly - and so fingers crossed for some more cm to fall.

The cold front doesn't look like it will be lasting long, with the snow clouds forecast to clear up later today and fine weather once more apparently lined up for tomorrow.

Nighta operations tonight at the following resort areas of Shiga Kogen:

Sun Valley
Maruike
Mammoth
Ichinose Family
Ichinose Diamond
Yakebitaiyama
Kumanoyu

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Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 24th February 2007, 10:59am
Weather conditions: Snow.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The snow that began yesterday in Nozawa has continued and we've now got a nice new 20cm at the top and between 5-10cm on lower parts of the mountain. Bare patches are now well and truly covered although the last run off the end of Skyline to Karazawa may remain closed today. All others should be open. It is snowing now and looks set to continue for most of the day. Temperatures are a chilly -7C on Yambiko and -6C at Uenotaira. The village is -2C. Visibility is poor but far from a white out so skiing conditions aren't so bad.

The outlook is for light snow to continue for the rest of the day but for tomorrow to be clear, as well as Monday. Winds on Sunday and Monday will be no higher than 10km/h.
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Minakami Now!

Saturday 24th February 2007, 11:00am
Weather conditions: Overcast and snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After some slight drizzle yesterday afternoon the snow has returned. There is currently around 3 cm of fresh snow at the village level and it appears to be dumping in the direction of Tenjindaiara. The forsecast is for the weather to clear but the snow should remain to fall in upper Minakami at least until mid afternoon.
The forecast for tomorrow is for a blue sky day with relatively cool temperatures and calm winds.   Read more ...
 

SnowJapan Daily 'Now' reports

Yuzawa Now
14th Dec, 9:55am
Zao Now
14th Dec, 9:47
Naeba Now
14th Dec, 9:28am
Madarao Now
14th Dec, 9:25
Appi Kogen Now
14th Dec, 9:07
Hakuba Now
14th Dec, 8:59
Grandeco Now
14th Dec, 8:58
Furano Now
14th Dec, 8:51
Myoko Now
14th Dec, 8:44am
Nozawa Onsen Now
14th Dec, 8:43am
Minakami Now
14th Dec, 8:34
Shiga Kogen Now
14th Dec, 8:26
Niseko Now
14th Dec, 8:23
Geto Kogen Now
14th Dec, 7:50

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