Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 25th May 2017
Saturday 5th May 2012, 7:29am
Cloud, light rain
So yesterday was a bit of a grim day really in terms of weather. It was still raining heavily later on in the evening.
This morning I was up quite early and it was actually quite chilly for a change. Amazing when you remember how hot things were feeling just one week ago. It is actually about 11C at the moment in town so not winter-like. Today a high of around 21C is forecast for later on in the afternoon.
It's a cloudy start with a few spots of rain earlier on (holding off at the moment), though certainly better and brighter than it was yesterday. The forecast has it clearing up and we might even get to see the sun later on in the afternoon.
Kandatsu aren't going to be able to make it for the weekend apparently - not enough snow left, and so yesterday was the last day of their season.
Official resort snow depths @ Saturday 4th May 12, AM: Kagura - Mitsumata: 280cm Kagura - Tashiro: 250cm GALA Yuzawa: 90cm (upper)
Planned resort operations
Open until 6th May: Naeba GALA Yuzawa [Central Area, North Area] Kagura (Tashiro)
Open until 27th May: Kagura (Mitsumata)
All other ski resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma are now closed for the season. Read more ...
Saturday 5th May 2012, 7:33am
Cloudy, blue sky
Just a quick early report this morning with the good news for the morning - the weather seems to be much better today. There's a fair bit of white cloud hanging around the mountains but there's a lot of blue sky up there and it looks like it will be a fine day. We're a bit early for the news from around the resorts, but I would expect they can open as planned this morning.
I have to post an early report this morning because of some work being done on the site today, so I can't bring you the latest on the lifts this morning.
But what I can report is that there is a lot of early morning fog/cloud about and while it isn't raining right at this moment, the roads look partly wet from some rain overnight. The forecast for the day is cloud and possible rain especially in the first half of the day... fingers crossed it will ease off and clear up sooner than later. Looks like tomorrow should be dry and we might get to see the sun as well on that last day of the season. I'll let you know tomorrow morning.
Grand Hirafu, Annupuri and Niseko Village plan to be open until 6th May. The Hanazono area is now closed. Read more ...
Saturday 5th May 2012, 9:18am
Still overcast and rainy today in Minakami. There is a bit more wind around than previous days and although the rain is sporadic it is pretty wet out. Still two lifts at the top of Tenjin open to skiers and boarders. The warm temperatures and wet weather have taken their toll on the snow of late, so although good for early May, it is wet and slushy.
The forecast still looks like rain showers for the next few days. Early next week could see the return of the sunshine but temperature still in the low teens.