Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 19th March 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:51am on Wednesday 19th March 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
1°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
0-5m/s (Hirafu)
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This report
Wednesday 19th March 2014, 8:51am
2cm
Tuesday 18th March 2014, 8:22am 0cm
Monday 17th March 2014, 8:30am 1cm
Sunday 16th March 2014, 8:30am 3cm
Saturday 15th March 2014, 8:40am 2cm
Friday 14th March 2014, 8:50am 0cm
Thursday 13th March 2014, 7:51am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 8cm
Last 14 reports (total): 83cm
Current month (March 2014) total: 110cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 1147cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:51am on Wednesday 19th March 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Yesterday I said in the report that we were expecting rain/sleet later in the day. We got that, and more. Changeable conditions with heavy rain, sleet and snow and some strong winds added in for good measure. So no, not the best day of the season!

This morning there's a few cm of rather heavy and wet snow. A cloudy start to the day with some breaks in the cloud and blue sky in places, and a temperature of 1 degree as I write this, so not as mild as it was yesterday morning. There's still a wind about but doesn't seem to be affecting lift operations though it does look like a few lifts at Grand Hirafu are a bit delayed due to some kind of maintenance.

Doesn't look like there's any significant snowfall on the forecasts, just a bit here and there perhaps - later on tomorrow and Saturday.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -4C, 5cm of wet snow in 12 hours and 5cm of crystal snow since dawn, development of snowdrifts. Moiwa peak: n/a. Annupuri 1150m: mild wind, -9C, development of unstable snowdrifts, snowpack 340cm. Hirafu 1000m: calm, -7C. Peak 1308m: no data, N23.3m/s at 11pm, -9.2C. Coastal data: no data available.

Snow and wind stayed strong overnight due to strong airflow from the approaching High pressure system to the eastbound Low. Snowdrifts have developed drastically in lee-slopes and the avalanche risk is high. Heavily developed snowdrifts are extremely unstable during and immediately after storms. They collapse irrelevantly to layer compositions and can cause larger surface slab slides. The wind has calmed down as the isobars started to space out, however the snowpack stabilization will be delayed notably above 1000m. Gates 2 & 3 will be closed and others are yet to be determined. Please respect the ski patrol’s decisions. The snow in the trees has been mostly reset and good snow can be found. The avalanche hazard in surrounding mountains varies from areas, but one general rule is that the stabilization is slower in higher altitude. Conditions should be very unstable in Mt Yotei Makkari face’s “Terrace valley” above 1200m. Hardpack patches are present in the morning. Beware of falling, slipdrops, cracks and hitting trees. Prudence is key to avoid accidents.

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Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 395cm
Base - 185cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 390cm
Base - 190cm

Annupuri:
Top - 380cm
Base - 200cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:51am on Wednesday 19th March 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open

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18th March 0cm 0cm -
17th March 1cm 2cm -
16th March 3cm 0cm -
15th March 2cm 10cm -
14th March 0cm 2cm -
13th March 0cm 0cm -
Previous 7 days total 8cm 14cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 83cm 58cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 275cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total 461cm 443cm -
February observed snowfall total 178cm 316cm -
March observed snowfall total 110cm 164cm -
April observed snowfall total - 32cm -
May observed snowfall total - 2cm -
Season observed snowfall total 1147cm 1493cm 0cm
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461cm
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178cm
[1037cm]
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2012/2013 season 0cm
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118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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