Naeba Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 24th January 2018

Naeba Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:46am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light Snow
wind condition
Moderate Wind
visibility condition
Variable
This report
Wednesday 24th January 2018, 8:46am
19cm
Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 8:17am 16cm
Monday 22nd January 2018, 10:17am 8cm
Sunday 21st January 2018, 7:50am 0cm
Sunday 21st January 2018, 7:50am 0cm
Saturday 20th January 2018, 8:22am 0cm
Friday 19th January 2018, 6:50am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 43cm
Last 14 reports (total): 63cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 210cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 656cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:46am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
The latest Naeba Now report can be found here

Good morning from Naeba!

We have had another 19cm in the past 24 hours, making the storm total so far to 43cm so far. The pistes are in fantastic condition, with lots of powder stashes hidden around in bounds. It's a slow start with the lifts this morning, most likely due to the fresh snow fall we have experienced over the past couple of days. Light snow is still falling, which will increase to moderate snowfall this afternoon. This evening we should expect another dumping of heavy snow. Temperatures are expected to be cool throughout today, dropping to as low as -12°C overnight tonight.

Looking forwards, "Storm Finn" certainly isn't finished with us yet. We continue with our current track record of a entire six day forecast being filled with snowfall, with significant snowfall predicted to continue until at least Saturday. Temperatures are expected to remain much cooler than in preceding weeks, with overnight highs repeatedly dropping below -10°C. We should expect moderate winds to accompany the persistent snowfall through until the weekend.

Finally, our thoughts are with all those involved in the terrible incident at Mount Kusatsu-Shirane yesterday. We wish to thank all those who responded to the incident and provided support to those trapped and injured on the mountain. More info from SnowJapan below...

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About the volcanic eruption at Kusatsu-Shirane-san in Gunma Prefecture on 23rd January 2018

As you may have heard, yesterday morning there was a limited volcanic eruption followed by an avalanche in western Gunma Prefecture, close to the border with northern Nagano Prefecture. The eruption at Motoshirane happened close to the more famous Kusatsu-Shirane-san - and also the slopes of the Kusatsu Kokusai ski resort. Around 80 skiers were evacuated to an area near the upper area of Kusatsu-Shirane with some trapped in the gondola and on lifts for a while.

Very sadly, as a result of this event there was one fatality and a number of injuries, apparently due to flying rocks and the avalanche. As far as we can tell there have been no further eruptions since yesterday morning.

Our thoughts are with everyone involved and caught up in this.

This incident made the international news with some people visiting Japan asking if their ski resort will be safe, and so we thought we would add this information to our daily reports this morning.

The only ski resort affected by this event is Kusatsu Kokusai in Gunma Prefecture.

It is currently unclear how this will affect the top area of the resort, but it seems that the lower slopes of Kusatsu Kokusai will remain open today – those slopes are quite a distance from the affected area. (And perhaps this is a good example of how Japanese people are used to living with the threat of earthquakes and volcanos!)

The ski resorts in Shiga Kogen (Nagano) and Manza Onsen (Gunma) are the other closest ski resorts, but they are outside of the 2km restricted area -- and are unaffected.

And of course, ski resorts that are further away than that are also totally unaffected.

The central part of Kusatsu town itself is about 7km away from the volcano and so also unaffected.

We hope this information helps.

Archive report: Posted at 8:46am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
The latest Naeba Now report can be found here

Naeba Now ski lift operation notes:

Dragondola (0900-1530)(Final Ascent 1500)
Beginner lift No. 4 (0800-1700)
High-Speed Lift No. 3 (0800-1700)
High-Speed Lift No.4 (0900-1630)
High-Speed Lift No.8 (0900-1630)
High-Speed Lift No. 5 (0830-2030)
Prince Gondola No. 2 (0830-1600)(Final Ascent 1530)
Takenokodaira Pair Lift (0845-1545)
Takenokoyama Pair Lift (0930-1530)
Hiuchi Pair Lift (0900-1600)

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Naeba Now reports up until Wednesday 24th January 2018
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Naeba Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Naeba Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2017/2018
*as of Wednesday 24th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
24th January 19cm 30cm 3cm
23rd January 16cm 30cm 15cm
22nd January 8cm 10cm 10cm
21st January 0cm 18cm 20cm
21st January 0cm 18cm 20cm
20th January 0cm 0cm 8cm
19th January 0cm 5cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 43cm 123cm 86cm
Previous 14 days total 63cm 358cm 96cm
November observed snowfall total 46cm 17cm 0cm
December observed snowfall total 400cm 150cm 80cm
January observed snowfall total 210cm 550cm 180cm
February observed snowfall total - 280cm 163cm
March observed snowfall total - 138cm 90cm
April observed snowfall total - 1cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - - -
Season observed snowfall total 656cm 1136cm 513cm
Naeba Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 24th January 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Naeba Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - 46cm
[46cm]
400cm
[446cm]
210cm
[656cm]
- - - -
2016/2017 season - 17cm
[17cm]
150cm
[167cm]
550cm
[717cm]
280cm
[997cm]
138cm
[1135cm]
1cm
[1136cm]
-
2015/2016 season - 0cm
[0cm]
80cm
[80cm]
180cm
[260cm]
163cm
[423cm]
90cm
[513cm]
0cm
[513cm]
-
2014/2015 season - - - 10cm
[10cm]
230cm
[240cm]
116cm
[356cm]
0cm
[356cm]
0cm
[356cm]
2013/2014 season - 0cm
[0cm]
- - - - - -
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
3cm
[3cm]
219cm
[222cm]
283cm
[505cm]
252cm
[757cm]
37cm
[794cm]
0cm
[794cm]
0cm
[794cm]
  October November December January February March April May
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