Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 16th December 2017
Saturday 6th March 2010, 7:15am
The sun only made a bried appearance yesterday and then decided to hide behind some clouds for most of the day.... it was also fairly wet later on and unfortunately it is raining this morning as well - even up to Gala Yuzawa and Kagura they are reporting rain. Oh dear. It is about 4 degrees at the moment in town.
But, but... the snow is still due to be with us soon hopefully starting tonight and maybe light snow into tomorrow. The best chance of this decent snow was are impatiently waiting for seems to be set for around Tuesday.
Tonight is the main event of the Yuzawa Snow Festival in the town centre area - so lets hope at least that the weather co-operates for that, though as the forecast stands currently it is still likely to be raining this evening.... turning into snow sometime early tomorrow morning. So I am hoping to be able to report some white news tomorrow morning.
Rain rain go away, come back.... well, after ski season please!
Not the best of starts to the weekend here weather wise. We had some wet stuff fall yesterday and this morning up at Kagura they are reporting light rain and indeed down in the village it is raining. The good part of this though is that hopefully by the end of the day it will be snowing and snow is forecast for tomorrow and for the first part of the week as well. So bring it on!
It is a cloudy and dull morning as you might expect with the rain and a bit earlier on it was +2 up at Kagura this morning. Hopefully we will see that sliding down into the negatives as the day rolls on and into tonight.
Gondolas and ropeways all operating today as normal. Down in Yuzawa town this evening look out for the Yuzawa Snow Festival on the onsen-dori, west side exit of the main town.
Another grey day here in Minakami. Light rain falling in the valley and at the base of the resorts. The forecast is for the rain to stop after lunch but things looking pretty grim at the moment and the lack of numbers at the resort is a reflection of that.
Things are pretty soft on the slopes already, especially lower down. Yesterdays temperatures were in the low teens and it didn't get very cold last night either so the slopes haven't really had a chance to firm up.
It's all eyes to the skies as we hope for the temperature drop and hopefully some snow.
Poor conditions today with heavy cloud, rain down low and some snow up top.
Today's forecast doesn't look great with a mix of heavy cloud, rain and snow expected across the resort. It might be a good day to get out there for a few early runs then head into town early afternoon for a relaxing onsen.
Thankfully we still have a good base and approximately 50cm of fresh snow on the radar for early next week. The powder hounds are chomping at the bit!
Could it be said this is the last day of rain for a while? Sure hope so. And it seems that way from weather forecasts with temperatures coming down and the rain in the valley forecast to be turning to snow overnight and flurries continuing through the week.
The top of Goryu was a balmy 4 degrees this morning apparently with no fresh snow recorded but with precipitation forecast through the week its great the freezing level looks like it will be coming down enough for anything to fall as snow.
There is not a lot of wind in Hakuba with light Southerlies but visibility is not the best at altitude this morning. So bit of a mixed bag today but good news with some new snow on the way and hopefully not long after that the sun comes out.
It got quite mild yesterday, peaking up near 4 degrees at village level. There was also a little drizzle at times later in the day. Overnight remained mild and slightly above freezing and this morning there is still some sleety drizzle around them mountain which is snow up higher. Overall not that pleasant at least on the lower slopes. Cooler air is on it's way which will firm things up later in the day and light snowfalls are expected over the rest of the weekend.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 290 Bottom - 160
Niseko Village: Top - 370 Bottom - 180
Annupuri: Top - 350 Bottom - 220
Avalanche Information: (Information as of this morning)
Niseko Avalanche Info No.81
Moiwa base 6am: -1℃ with slight snowfall. WNW8m/s at Benkei cape, WSW9m/s, 0.8waves and 1016hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak 6am: W8.1m/s, bad visibility. Warm air is flowing in, snowfall is slim and no notable snowdrift development can be observed. A moderate NW storm is forecasted to pick up above 1000m from around 11:00. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30. The visibility is pretty bad around the peak and the snow condition is not so good either, not much changed from yesterday. Beware of slipdrops and crevasses. Full depth avalanche hazard is rising in steep slopes of Osawa, Backbowl, Mikaeri no sawa and Higashi-one. Better not remain in slopes with cracks or at the bottom of the valleys. Some more fresh snow can be expected in the coming weeks, however spring condition isn’t that bad either. More sunshine and longer days. Seek for the ski patrol’s advice before stepping out the gates. Stay away from strictly off limits areas. The safety of Niseko is protected by having everyone respect the Niseko Rules. Have a nice weekend.
It was mild morning at around 3 degrees earlier on but temperatures have kept at around that level today. So far it has been a day of cloud, light rain, fog and generally poor visibility on Zao. Tonight we are all hoping that snow clouds will deposit that while stuff that we all love so much and I can give you a report of that tomorrow morning although the most promising potential snowfall on the local forecast now seems to be some moderate snow Tuesday night into Wednesday. The same forecast doesn't show much more than a sprinkling tonight but we can always hope!
Tomorrow? Most lilely just cloudy on the mountain.
Things back to normal today with calmer winds though it has been a cloudy day so far - with light rain falling. Those temperatures up again as we have another very spring-like feeling day. Having said that, the various local forecasts are all saying the same promising thing - snow!
Yes, snow tonight and into tomorrow - followed by probably finer weather on Monday - and then perhaps a decent snowfall Tuesday night and Wednesday. Well they may not actually be promisiong, but we want to believe them! It should be getting much colder as well. We have all been looking forward to this for a while now, so lets hope it doesn't disappoint.
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort area:
It's been another warm day here in Furano with temperatures staying mostly in the low single digits. We've been seeing overcast skies with off and on flurries throughout the day, but for now any snow that was falling has tapered off for the remainder of the evening. Yesterday saw a tremendous snowfall of about 15cm+, replenishing any icy patches that were up on the mountain due to the recent warming trend and bringing our official snow depth back up to 200cm. It should be a good evening for night skiing, as temperatures remain relatively mild so you won't have to bundle up too much in order to keep warm. We are forecasted for another shot of snow come late evening, and tomorrow promises consistently colder temperatures with even more measurable snow throughout the day. If you are looking for fresh powder, Sunday will be your day. Read more ...