Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 18th February 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:17am on Thursday 18th February 2010
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Archive report: Posted at 10:17am on Thursday 18th February 2010
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Yesterday remained mostly find and only partly cloudy with only a dusting of snow but no real accumulation. It has remained cold though and with clear skies last night dropped down to -17 in Kutchan. This morning has dawned mostly clear with great views of Mt Youtei and it is warming rapidly. The mountain is pretty much fully tracked out now but with the continued cold temperatures the snow is still great quality, just not deep.
A weak low pressure system will approach from the west today and a little milder air will precede it with the max temp today expected to get close to freezing at village level. Snow is expected overnight and through tomorrow into the weekend as the system passes through.
For us locals the sun is a little appreciated as we don't get to see it too often through the winter but for those here for only a short stay and hoping for some of the deep stuff it may be beautiful but I'm sure they'd prefer it to be snowing. This system moving through over the next 48 hours should bring a fair amount of snow and hopefully see a return of the powder.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 320
Bottom - 200

Niseko Village:
Top - 385
Bottom - 235

Top - 340
Bottom - 220

Avalanche Information:

Niseko Avalanche Info No.65

Moiwa base 6am: -8℃, slight overnight snowfall.
Coastal data: NW3m/s at Benkei cape, S10m/s, 0.8m waves and 1018hPa at Kamui cape.
Annupuri peak 6am: SW15.7m/s, predicted to swing to ESE15m/s at noon.
The winter weather pattern is easing due to an approaching weak low-pressure system. The wind below 1000m remains mild.
There are no notable developments of snowdrifts and the general avalanche hazard is relatively low this morning.
Southerly winds will pick up from this morning and visibility will turn bad in higher altitudes.
Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30.
Remain in control and beware of crevasses and trees.
Outside the gates is not the ski resort anymore.
High probability of hoar layer development due to clear sky/cold temp in SW (Hirafu side) 1600m face in Yotei. Possibilities of a 100cm+ naturally triggered avalanche in steep slopes with hard slabs.
Same hazard is present in Annupuri west face.
Carefully select your touring route and make sure to traverse across gullies one by one.

Archive report: Posted at 10:17am on Thursday 18th February 2010
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