Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 14th March 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 5:16pm on Sunday 14th March 2010
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Archive report: Posted at 5:16pm on Sunday 14th March 2010
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Sorry about the late one but I've been in Sapporo since yesterday afternoon. So not too sure what the weather was doing here but I know we got a reasonable amount of snow in Sapporo. The avi report says we got 10cm of snow overnight and it looks like snow showers continued through much of the day so we'll say we've had 10-15cm of new snow since last report. It's remained pretty windy though and there's been a lot of drifting and temperatures have remained below freezing throughout the day. Not sure what it was like up there today but I'd say it's still pretty icy with maybe some reasonable snow on sheltered slopes where it's drifted.
Tomorrow another low pressure system will approach from the SW and at this stage they are predicting snow at first but a warm front will pass through and temperatures will continue to increase through into the night and overnight the snow is expected to turn to rain. Tuesday will be very mild with further rain before colder air will come back in later and the remainder of the week will be colder again with more snow.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 300
Bottom - 170

Niseko Village:
Top - 360
Bottom - 150

Top - 350
Bottom - 210

Avalanche Information:
(Information as of this morning)

Niseko Avalanche Info No.89

Moiwa base 6am: -6℃, moderate snow-storm, 10cm of broken crystal snow.
Coastal data: WNW19m/s at Benkei cape, W14m/s, 3.1m waves and 1021hPa at Kamui cape.
A strong westerly storm has persisted above 800m and made some snowdrifts slabs of wind-broken particle to develop in leeward slopes. Cornices have also developed in leeward areas above 1000m. Maximum snowdrift depth has reached 100cm in some spots just below ridgeline.
Looking at the weather transition, the cornices and snowdrifts are yet to stabilize.
60cm surface slab avalanche are highly likely to occur in Kozan no sawa (Backbowl), Osawa, Mikaeri no sawa, Higashi-One and the south facing strictly off limits areas. Potential sliding layer is March 12-13th where a weak hoar layer has formed due to temperature difference in the snow accumulation.
The storm should calm down around 11am and the slabs would start to stabilize, however peak gates will be closed all day for the sake of all resort users. Do not duck ropes to step out of bounds.
Gate 1, 4, 5 and 6 are scheduled to open this afternoon. Follow the ski patrol’s instructions.
Most avalanche accidents happen during or just after storms.

Archive report: Posted at 5:16pm on Sunday 14th March 2010
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