Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 1st February 2007

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:51am on Thursday 1st February 2007
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Archive report: Posted at 10:51am on Thursday 1st February 2007
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The snow that started falling in dribs and drabs early this morning picked up to S4 (4 cm's / hour) at 7:30 has now picked up to S5 and continues to fall hard. We can expect up wards of 50 cm's by tomorrow if this rate of snow fall continues. Winds are calm and visability is variable. The runs are already getting soft and fluffy. Let's just say things are looking great for Friday through the week end.

The Hira Kawa Snow Study Plot (830m a.s.l.) 0700 hr. reading is:

Sky: Overcast
Temperature: Present:
Winds aloft:
Barometer and trend:
Height of new snow in 24 hours (HN24):
Total depth of snowpack (HS):
Foot penetration:
Density of surface snow:
Above Tree Line: High

At Tree Line: High

Below Tree Line: considerable

It's snowing everybody! Good news because there's powder on the runs, but as we all know, bad news as far as avalanche risk is concerned. The forcast is for continuing snow for at least the next 36 hours. This fresh snow will not yet be bonded to the snow below it, so any high angle slopes will be sluffing, even in the trees.
As the fresh snow builds up, the depth of the sluff will also obviously increase, and the danger of being carried into terrain traps or smashed into trees increases with it. As always, ride with, and take care of a partner.

Travel Advisory:
Hazard: High.
Naturally occuring loose snow avalanches will occur on high angle slopes so travel beneath steep terrain and in valleys carries significant risks. Watch for slabs forming over the next few days with more consolidation in th new storm snow and rapid loading. Not much wind right now to speak of by the continuation of frontal systems from the North West is sure to bring some wind with it along the way so use greater caution as winds pick up in strength. The new snow is now over riding the sun crust that was created over the last sunny days which we will here forth refer to as the February 1st sun crust as it was buried today. With rapid loading on all aspects we will see pockets of old surface snow on top of wind slab give way to soft slabs of 45 cm's plus. Take du care in steep North East slopes.

Archive report: Posted at 10:51am on Thursday 1st February 2007
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Most lifts at all ski areas are operating. \r\n

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