Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 15th December 2017
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 5th February 2009, 8:08am
Fine and sunny
It is overcast in Nozawa this morning. Currently it is -2 degrees in the village and -6 degrees up on Yamabiko, where the snow depth is reported as being 185cm, 5cm less than yesterday. No new snow has fallen since the last report. There is a southwesterly of around 15km/h blowing at the top. Yesterday was a fine and sunny day with temperatures rising to above zero down in the village.
The wind is expected to strengthen throughout the day and turn northwesterly in the evening bringing heavy snow. A total of 21cm is forecast by Friday night. Conditions should clear by Saturday morning before more snow that evening and into Sunday, although with warmer temperatures some rain may fall at village level.
All lifts are expected to operate today except: Mizunashi. Yunomine Hikage #2 B Challenge Utopia
All courses will be open except Mukoubayashi, Kurokura and Hachiman. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Thursday 5th February 2009, 8:27am
Sunny, blue skies, some cloud
After fine and generally sunny weather yesterday, we are on for more of the same today. A bit more cloud in the sky this morning of the wispy thin type but that will likely move on leaving us with blue skies and more almost spring-like weather. Happily those temperatures won't rise too much during the day, it will stay cold keeping the snow conditions decent. That's the plan anyway!
There is still a decent chance of us seeing snow fall before the end of today and hopefully into tomorrow. Right now it looks like Saturday may be fine weather with more snow on the horizon on Sunday. They aren't looking like heavy snow bringers though - more like light snow (unfortunately).
The following resort plans to be open for nighta tonight: Ichinose Family Ichinose Diamond
Official resort snow depths as of 5th February 09:
After a fine day yesterday it is looking like we are in for more of the same today.
There is a mix of cloud and sun early on this morning with the hotel shadows being cast onto the lower slopes of Naeba but a fair bit of cloud in the sky. The forecast is for fine weather today though so it looks like we can expect that cloud to disperse somewhat as the morning moves on leaving with a fine day.
No new snow to report, and just a slight breeze. Kagura is reporting -4 degrees this morning with Naeba going for -7, so it's cold out there though expect it to warm up a bit in the sun of the day.
Clouds will hopefully be moving in by the end of the day though with snow forecast for tonight and into tomorrow.
Naeba and the areas of Tashiro are open as planned for the day. Read more ...
Thursday 5th February 2009, 8:55am
It looks like it will be a cool cloudy day in Minakami today with a current temperature of -1 deg C heading for a high of 5 deg C. There is now some snow on the forecast for tomorrow but the wind may also be strong as a high pressure system moves over from the North-East.
The weekend forecast is for cloudy with some sun and relatively warm temperatureswith a predicted high of 11 deg C on both Sat and Sunday.
Lower ski area snow conditions have been softening up during the week almost reaching Spring snow conditions around the valley level. There is still some powder to be found in the backcountry but it is all but gone closer to the ski areas. Read more ...
Thursday 5th February 2009, 8:57am
The last of the sunny days today, with snow slated for this evening. The weather is looking volatile this weekend. Snow will be stop and go until next week. Stay tuned as updates will ensue. Read more ...
Thursday 5th February 2009, 9:29am
Sun, some cloud
Yesterday we were treated to sunny skies over Yuzawa, though some low lying cloud remaining in places and to the north in Minamiuonuma. It rose to around 5 degrees early afternoon in the town before dipping below zero during the night.
This morning was fairly chilly and some early fog has cleared leaving lots of blue skiy once again. No new snow, just a slight breeze this morning and a temperature of 0 degrees presently, once again forecast to rise to around 5 degrees during the day.
Tomorrow should see cloudy skies that will hopefully bring some snow with them, starting in the very early hours or tomorrow. The temperature doesn't look set to drop that much though, so it seems unlikely that we will see heavy snowfall - but fingers crossed!
As the forecast stands now, Saturday has cloud/sun while we might be able to expect more snow on Sunday. Of course, we'll keep you posted.
Nighta tonight is at the following resorts in Yuzawa: Naeba Iwappara
In Minamiuonuma just to the north, nighta at: Ishiuchi Maruyama Centleisure Maiko Joetsu Kokusai
A nice frost on the car this morning so it must have been colder overnight than it has been the last few days.
Yesterday was another slush in the sun / ice in the shade day with nice groomers first thing and today will bring more of the same with bluebird skies and warm temperatures already.
This morning at 6:00 Am it was -3 degrees on top of Goryu and its currently about -1 on top and close to that but warming at the base. Another bluebird forecast for this morning, with some clouds expected to come in for the afternoon, hopefully bringing moderate snow for tonight!
The forecast has been calling rain overnight but they've updated this to snow...1 mm/hr is what they're calling so not a lot to be excited about at this stage but one never really knows. Hopefully tonight will be the start of much more snow to come for February. Fresh north easterly winds will change to stronger south easterly winds, bringing that much anticipated snow.
Overnight there was little new snow but since early this morning snow has started again across the region. It's a little heavier snow than what we have received over the last few days but there does look to be a fair bit of it on the way throughout today. Temperatures are still expected to get close to or slightly above freezing by this afternoon. Cooler air will move in overnight and tomorrow should remain below freezing at all levels. Currently all lifts are operating and all gates are expected to open. The peak gates may close though depending on wind and increasing avalanche danger as drifts develop during this system. Overall it's very cloudy, snowy and moderately windy with low visibility. The snow off-piste will be a lot heavier, especially down low, compared to the last few days. The snowfalls are expected to continue through to Monday.
Overcast and technically snowing, but I wouldn't rate it enough to call it that. A few centimeters are forecast to fall today, but it hasn't started yet. It's going to be fairly warm today, with a high temp up to 0 C, but drop back down tomorrow.
This Saturday and Sunday is the Furano Snow Festival. There will be games, activities, food throughout the day, and fireworks (Saturday night) in the Kitanomine parking lot.