Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 23rd February 2018
Sunday 7th March 2010, 8:23am
Cloud, light snow
After the rain indeed does come.... some sleet and a bit of snow! Not a huge amount but this morning there is a couple of cm of snow on the cars around town and of course hopefully a bit more on the mountains. Kagura is reporting 5cm of snow this morning overnight.
It's definitely colder than yesterday and right now just slightly over 0 degrees here in central Yuzawa. The roads are wet and right now wet snow is falling in town and not much of the mountains around town are visible other than the lower areas.
Forecast for the day is snow with perhaps 5cm (at most 10cm on the mountains) predicted to fall between now and 9am tomorrow morning. We'll take it! Of course 5cm won't give us bottomless turns on the slopes but a welcome thin cover all the same. Firstcomers will get the best of it.
Tomorrow should be cloudy/sunny before hopefully more snow coming around Tuesday.
Good news! It's nice to see some fresh snow on the ground in town this morning, even if it's only a few centimetres.
The snow has been falling since early this morning with 5cm in town and 10cm up on the top of the mountain. Another 5-10cm or so is expected to fall here this morning, making for some good conditions up top.
The forecast for a big dump mid-week has eased off, however we are still expecting cold conditions and a moderate fall of snow on Wednesday.
Hopefully this will be enough for some powder runs later in the week.
Snow! Snow! It's snowing. Can you tell I'm excited?!
Seriously, we have had a bit of snowfall in Shiga Kogen overnight and there is perhaps 5-10cm of fresh snow to play in this morning. It's colder this morning, though not mid-winter cold, so the snow is fairly heavy but it's fresh snow and we will play in it!
Perhaps snow for most of today with finer weather tomorrow and then more snow on Tuesday and Wednesday to potentially look forward to and colder still temperatures.
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort area:
OK lets get straight to the good news - we have new snow this morning. Not a huge amount - 5cm at Kagura and a few cm in the village - but it is continuing to fall now and if it can keep cold there's a chance of continued snow through today and also more when it gets colder still Tuesday or thereabouts.
Visibility is fair lower down the hills but in places high up pretty poor as the snow clouds cover the mountain so care is needed on this thin new blanket of snow... remember there's some fairly icy conditions just below it.
All of the resort areas are open as normal this morning with only a slight wind at the moment out there.
The temperature yo-yo continues and this morning it is back to being fairly cold in the village and a few under minus. We have also had a sprinkling of snow up here and the trees are all looking frosted once again. Just a few cm lower down but hopefully a bit more up top. Visibility is faily decent though considering and similar conditions look to continue for the day.
Things are looking good for Tuesday night with a chance of fairly heavy snow into Wednesday. Keep an eye on that. In the meantime hopefully over the next few days it will get down colder to levels that we expect here for the time of year.
I mentioned this previously but the Ice or Snow Monsters at the top of the resort have pretty much reverted back to their tree-like selves so the peak for that viewing is now over, though of course the views from up there are still tremendous on a clear day!
The predictions were right! For a long time now people thought that another snow fall in Hakuba might just be a myth. Not anymore, we woke to not just a couple of cm's but a whole 10cm of fresh this morning.
The top of Goryu was a chilled -2 degrees which is not too bad, and it should warm up a bit throughout the day. However, the snow if forecast to continue all day as well and through to mid-week. A few days of low temperatures will keep the snow we receive nice and fresh, before it starts to warm up once again towards the end of the week. Lets hope we can get a fairly decent snowfall in the coming few days.
There is not a lot of wind in Hakuba with light Southerlies but visibility is not the best at altitude this morning.
Not long after my report yesterday the temperature started to drop and the sleety drizzle of the morning turned into snow. It cleared up a bit in the afternoon but overnight some reasonable quality snow fell giving us around 5-10cm fresh since last report. Much cooler today so the snow should remain in good condition. Currently we're having some snow showers but also plenty of sunny breaks in between. Overall a beautiful Spring day with a little bit of fresh to play in. A little more snow can be expected today and tomorrow and at this stage Wednesday is starting to look good for a nice dump of snow.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 300 Bottom - 170
Niseko Village: Top - 370 Bottom - 180
Annupuri: Top - 350 Bottom - 220
Avalanche Information: (Information as of this morning)
Niseko Avalanche Info No.82
Moiwa base 6am: -6℃, no snowfall. Coastal data: NW9m/s at Benkei cape, N6m/s, 2.2m waves 1024hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak 6am: NW17.2m/s. Strong NW breeze has persisted during the night and let some soft cornices, drifted snow slabs in leeward slopes. The mountain has gone back to winter. Some snowdrifts have developed in areas above 1000m, and thin surface slab slides are to be highly considered in Higashi-One steeps. Some slides of up to 40cm thickness are also likely to occur around cornices/knolls of Mikaeri/Moiwa and the Backbowl. Avalanches occur when the conditions are right and doesn’t necessarily rely on that day’s snowfall amount. Better not cut the cornices or knolls. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 10:00. Outside the gate is not the ski resort anymore, have you let anyone know your skiing plan? It is strongly recommended not to venture out alone. Strictly off-limits areas must not be entered at anytime. One track left under the rope would lead many others to follow it and end up in rising the chances of accidents to happen. Enjoy your day.
A round of snow this morning left us with a few fresh centimeters on the ground for those of you out hitting the slopes early. Today's temperatures will be much lower than they've been recently, hitting their peak at -4, staying well below the freezing mark. Come evening, we are due for another shot of powder and temps around -10. The snow should continue throughout the night and into the day tomorrow with light winds and a good chance of seeing some appreciable accumulation. Temperatures will remain cold, and hopefully this will add to the already significant 200cm+ snowpack and keep the ski season going for a few more weeks. Winds have been picking up throughout the morning, and have reached a steady 3 m/s, so be sure to cover your face when you are out on the lifts today, but all in all it's shaping up to be a great day snow conditions-wise for skiing. Have fun out on the mountain! Read more ...
Sunday 7th March 2010, 16:56pm
Cloud, light wet snow
Apologies for there not being a report yesterday.
It has of course been good to see a slight snowfall here over the last 24 hours. It's rather wet, but perhaps 15cm or so on the hills for the people out there today - so good news.
Temperatures have been lower today back under zero and lots of cloud. Tomorrow should be just cloudy with perhaps a chance of light snow but right now the period Tuesday night through Wednesday is looking quite promosing for potentially some decent snowfall to be with us. Fingers crossed....
A few official snow depths from the resorts going up and a few down in the last few days, but there they are!