Myoko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 28th January 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:26am on Tuesday 28th January 2020
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This report
Tuesday 28th January 2020, 8:26am
Monday 27th January 2020, 9:17am 1cm
Sunday 26th January 2020, 9:11am 0cm
Saturday 25th January 2020, 9:34am 5cm
Friday 24th January 2020, 9:43am 0cm
Thursday 23rd January 2020, 8:56am 0cm
Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 8:04am 28cm
Last 7 reports (total): 34cm
Last 14 reports (total): 76cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 219cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 289cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:26am on Tuesday 28th January 2020
The latest Myoko Now report can be found here

Extremely wild weather today, and not just in Myoko.

The news reported on delays for the Hokuriku Shinkansen, but not at this end; it's snowing in Tokyo. Here we have strong winds with low humidity (it was 66% earlier, and dropping), which is only going to eat up more of the snowpack. You definitely see it on the streets and parking lots, less so on the snowpack itself, at least in our test area here. This is the peak day for this, though, as the freezing level heads up to nearly 2100 meters; by Thursday we could have heavy snow. Could this be the beginning of the end of the no-snow cycle? This season, anything is possible....

It's really unclear what lift will be going today, as several of the resorts still have not announced closures/operations. Gondolas and high/exposed lifts are unlikely to be running. The wind is definitely not getting weaker, so....


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Akakura Kanko:
100cm, 1°C
No notice on their site, but the Myoko Sky Cable Gondola at least probably will not run with this much wind

Akakura Onsen:
135cm, 2°C
All lifts pending

Ikenotaira Onsen:
95cm, 0°
Capsule pair and Ikenotaira Quad closed due to wind; Karamatsu pair, AB1 & AB2 lifts running

Myoko Suginohara:
105cm, -2°
Still looking at operations because of wind

Seki Onsen:
No report

Myoko Ski Park:
70cm, 5°

Kyukamura RunRun:
90cm, 4°

Tangram Ski Circus:
50cm, 3°
All lifts running

Madarao Kogen:
70cm, 1°
Nos. 2 and 11 running; Nos. 3, 12 and 15 possible

Lotte Arai Resort
206cm, 7.5°
Everything was pending at 8:30, although lifts are scheduled to open

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
15cm, 4°
Still waiting out the wind....

Archive report: Posted at 8:26am on Tuesday 28th January 2020
The latest Myoko Now report can be found here

Myoko Now ski lift operation notes:

Still unclear for most of the areas because of high wind. See individual websites

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*as of Tuesday 28th January 2020
28th January 0cm 0cm 11cm
27th January 1cm 45cm 22cm
26th January 0cm 32cm 41cm
25th January 5cm 6cm 51cm
24th January 0cm 45cm 31cm
23rd January 0cm 12cm 12cm
22nd January 28cm 56cm 14cm
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Previous 14 days total 76cm 367cm 188cm
November observed snowfall total 11cm 5cm 81cm
December observed snowfall total 59cm 475cm 468cm
January observed snowfall total 219cm 648cm 524cm
February observed snowfall total - 397cm 250cm
March observed snowfall total - 97cm 33cm
April observed snowfall total - 83cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 289cm 1705cm 1362cm
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2016/2017 season - 12cm
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