Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 27th December 2006

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:30am on Wednesday 27th December 2006
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Sky:Overcast with a 1,200 m a.s.l. cloud ceiling
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Archive report: Posted at 10:30am on Wednesday 27th December 2006
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In the past 24 hours the Hira Kawa weather station (at 830 m a.s.l.) recorded 60 (sixty) millimetres of rain. Yesterday the temperature was observed to be 3 degrees Centigrade at 1,400 m a.s.l. (top station of the Happo One gondola (i.e. Yusagi Daira) and it was raining lightly (i.e. accumulation of less than 2.5 mm per hour). The forecast is for liquid precipitation continuing today, a clearing trend overnight followed by tomorrow afternoon cooling and more precipitaion which in theory should be in the form of snow. Driving conditions on all roads in the valley floor are excellent!

Hazard: generally "moderate" with "high" in selected terrain

Discussion:
A large volume of water in the form of rain has been added to the snowpack (60 mm rain in 24 hours). This will perculate into the snowpack and possibly form a lubricating layer if it pools above an impermeable layer (e.g. the "knife" layer observed at midpack on a south-west exposure at 1,700 m a.s.l. This could make wet snow (point release) avalanches more likely and more likely to gather larger volume. Thus steep creek banks for example and other steep features should be treated with increased respect. The danger of cornice fall is increasing. This could be a problem if the cornice falls on you or falls on the slope and acts as a trigger for an avalanche.
The forecast is for cooling and then more precipitation in the form of snow tomorrow. and the next day.

Latest bulletin: 1015 hrs., freezing level at 1,500 m a.s.l., wind light from the west, snowing 3 (i.e. snow fall such that 3 cm will accumulate in an hour). At 1,400 m a.s.l. it is sleeting.

Archive report: Posted at 10:30am on Wednesday 27th December 2006
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Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Hakuba Goryu has upper lifts on the Toumi Course and limited operation below at Iimori Hakuba 47 is almost at a full operational level with the help of snow making. Tsugaike, Happo, Iwatake and Kashi

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