Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 14th December 2017
Thursday 5th March 2009, 7:00am
Yesterday I talked about the chance of new snow but there's none to report here early on this morning. Unfortunately we had a bit of rain yesterday later on changing into sleet.
It is currently 0 degrees with light blue/grey hazy skies at the moment but looking likely to turn into one of those fine sunny days, with a high temperature forecast of 6 degrees later on this afternoon. Right now tomorrow looks like it will be bringing rain or snow to us - hopefully the latter though it seems it might be just too mild for that.
I am hearing some reports of people I know in the area already succumbing to hayfever.
Tomorrows report will be posted late afternoon.....
Strong winds are forecast for tomorrow with a really good possibility that they will affect resort operations particularly at places like GALA Yuzawa and Kagura. Please check with the resorts if early on if you plan to be up there.
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
It is a very fine start to the day here in Shiga Kogen - no clouds in the sky and currently some hazy blue skies but I would say we are in for some fine weather today. It is cold early on but will no doubt warm up during the day. Clouds to move in later tonight, hopefully bringing some new white stuff with them.
The official snow depth numbers have remained generally unchanged for a while now - with the mild weather we have been having and lack of fresh snow I can't herlp but think there is decreasing amounts of snow.... there sure is where I live anyway!
The following resort plans to be open for nighta tonight: Ichinose Family
Well, the weatherman was slightly off yesterday. Okay, he missed by a mile. The fog hunkered down and thickened up and visibility was nearly zero most of the day. A few flakes fell early in the afternoon, but there was no new snow to speak of overnight.
This morning, not a cloud in the sky and the wind is calm. Visibility is excellent and the views from the upper slopes should be spectacular. The temperature dropped to -4º earlier, but is currently 3º and set to soar through mid-afternoon so it's probably best to get out early before the snow softens up.
Ski school is closed today at Kumado.
Local roads are drying out quickly, but don't forget your chains, just in case.
Rain is forecast for tomorrow evening and Saturday, but the sun should peek through the clouds on Sunday. All of this is speculation, of course, since the weather can change from one minute to the next in the mountains, so stay tuned.
Yesterday afternoon saw low cloud with wet misty conditions and then it got quite cold overnight, well at least in my room anyway. Sunny blue skies this morning, not completely blue though as there appears to be a white tinge to the hue.
So we have hard pack out there this morning - meaning the slope is very hard and icy, care is needed before lunchtime in that case - just so as to let things soften up a bit.
No Gondola No1 running again today, No2 will get you up there thought whilst again the Dragondola throws people across the ridges to Tashiro. Read more ...
Thursday 5th March 2009, 10:53am
Mostly sunny with maybe increasing cloud later
Yesterday was pretty much as forecast with a mostly fine, partly cloudy day and temps on the lower mountain got slightly above freezing making the snow reasonably heavy. Overnight temps dropped to well below freezing again and there was a dusting of snow. The sun and warmth affected snow of yesterday will have frozen to a breakable crust on the lower slopes. On piste though the groomers will have prepared some very nice and fast slopes. Up high in sheltered areas some nice snow should still be found and today it is mostly clear so an ascent of the peak is definitely recommended to enjoy the best snow and incredible views. Rain is still forecast for tomorrow but I'm hopeful that there will be a reasonable amount of snow to follow on Saturday.
A blue sky sunny day today with a current temperature of 10 deg C! It is definitely feeling like Spring.
The weekend snow has now disappeared and it looks like only cloud for the weekend with relatively warm temperatures (3+ deg C). Temperatures look set to keep rising for most of next week so it is time to hit the park, or hike up high in the alpine to get some Spring BC lines in. Read more ...
Thursday 5th March 2009, 14:44pm
Fantastic conditions on and off the resort today with blue skies, great quality snow, excellent groomers and powder left over from yesterday ripe for the smashing. Bit of touch and go this coming weekend; depending on where you look we're getting snow...or is that a little bit of rain, or was that another rainstorm? If the rain shies away we'll have some decent groomers and resort runs for awhile now...if the rain hammers the resort I'll be shying away till everyone carves the ice out.
It has been a beautiful sunny day here in Nozawa. After a relatively cold night it has been a warm day and is currently 4 degrees in the village and 3 degrees up on Yamabiko where the snow depth is reported to be 235 cm (a fall of 5 cm from yesterday). The firm conditions of this morning gave way to soft and slushy conditions, with lots of sunshine and great views of the surrounding peaks.
Light snow is forecast to fall at the top of the mountain later this evening, but the warmer conditions will lead to the precipitation falling as rain throughout the night. The rain is predicted to continue until Friday night when it should turn to snow as the freezing level falls to around the altitude of the bottom lifts.
All lifts will operate except Challenge, Utopia, Mizunashi and Yunomine.
All courses are open except Challenge, Challenge 39, Kurokura and Hachiman.