Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 17th January 2007

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:49am on Wednesday 17th January 2007
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Archive report: Posted at 8:49am on Wednesday 17th January 2007
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At 0700 hrs. the sky in the Hime Kawa valley was obscured (a surface layer of cloud i.e. fog prevents observation of the sky) with snow falling at about 1 cm per hour of accumulation. The temperature is hovering around the 0C mark. Wind is calm from all directions. The 10 cm of relatively dense snow that fell overnight should freshen up piste. The visibility is another matter.
The Hira Kawa Snow Study Plot (830m a.s.l.) the 0700 hr. reading is:
Sky: Obscured
Temperature: Present: -0.5 C
Maximum: 9 C
Minimum: -5.5 C
Wind: calm
Precipitation: S 1
Barometer and trend: 919 hPa and falling slowly
Height of new snow in 24 hours (HN24): 10 cm
Total depth of snowpack (HS): 73 cm
Foot penetration: 28 cm
Surface: new snow, size 1 mm
Density of new snow: 70 kilograms per cubic metre
Above Tree Line: Considerable

At Tree Line: Moderate moving to Consideerable with continued snowfall

Below Tree Line: Moderate

Travel Advisory:
With the moderate amount of new snow (at least in the valley bottom we have increased the the "Hazard" a level. With the limited visibility and unknown winds at higher elevations the actual hazard may be higher. The forecast is for the precipitation to taper off this morning but for the temperatures to warm to 5C in the valley. Even with cloud cover the sun continues to have a marked affect on the snow.
If you do travel outside of the controlled area, be aware of the potential for "remote triggering" of avalanches. Also in poor visibility be aware of what the wind may be doing above you to load start zones. The ridge top winds (when observable), even when calm and light in the valley and the upper mountain, have been at least gusting to moderate such that snow was observed to being transported. the underlying message is be aware what is above you and what is happening there.

Archive report: Posted at 8:49am on Wednesday 17th January 2007
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Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Most lifts at all ski areas are operating. Minegata is not running.\r\n\r\n

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