Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 5th February 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:57am on Wednesday 5th February 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-11°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing
wind condition
1-5m/s (Hirafu)
OK to poor
This report
Wednesday 5th February 2014, 8:57am
2cm
Tuesday 4th February 2014, 8:46am 10cm
Monday 3rd February 2014, 8:21am 5cm
Sunday 2nd February 2014, 10:45am 2cm
Saturday 1st February 2014, 8:45am 20cm
Friday 31st January 2014, 8:30am 10cm
Thursday 30th January 2014, 8:25am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 59cm
Last 14 reports (total): 138cm
Current month (February 2014) total: 39cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 898cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:57am on Wednesday 5th February 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Yesterday was a great day. Beautiful blue skies, just a few clouds, calm. Lots of goods on offer as well due to the wind of the previous few days keeping lifts closed. Nice.

Just a few cm of new snowfall to report this morning in Hirafu and a cold -11 degrees.

After the clearness of yesterday, we are back to snow and limited visibility this morning and it is snowing again. It was actually much clearer just earlier on this morning, so it just shows how quickly conditions can and do change.

Snowfall forecast for the next few days and it will remain cold. Wrap up well!

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -11C, Trace new snow crystals in last 12 hrs. Moiwa 800m: -13C, calm, no significant snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -16C, wind N10m/s. Hirafu 1000m: -16C, some snowdrift development, Northerly wind and snow. Annupuri peak 1308m: -17.4C, wind NNW11.1m/s. Cape Benkei: NNE10m/s, Cape Kamui: wind N7m/s, wave 0.8m, pressure 1008hPa.

From this mornings observations shallow snowdrifts around 1000m East Ridge (HigashiOne) are likely to slide. There has been little snow in the last 12hrs and the surface is not reset, but snow is good. The avalanche risk will increase though the afternoon with the expected increase in wind and snow. 1-2nd Feb frost layer will become notable in snowpack, note the future snowfall transition. Avalanches often occur in windy and snowy conditions. Snow conditions change everyday, snowdrifts develop rapidly on leeward slopes in strong winds and can easily collapse high above you on the mountain. A slope that was good yesterday isn’t necessarily good today. Gate openings yet to be decided. Please follow the patrols advice. Enter the mountains with caution, a few small mistakes and overconfidence is the cause of many accidents. Have a good day, beware frostbite.

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

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 370cm
Base - 190cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 345cm
Base - 230cm

Annupuri:
Top - 285cm
Base - 210cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:57am on Wednesday 5th February 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

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  2013/2014
*as of Wednesday 5th February 2014
2012/2013
Season
2011/2012
Season
5th February 2cm 15cm -
4th February 10cm 5cm -
3rd February 5cm 7cm -
2nd February 2cm 0cm -
1st February 20cm 0cm -
31st January 10cm 0cm -
30th January 10cm 10cm -
Previous 7 days total 59cm 37cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 138cm 100cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 123cm 118cm -
December observed snowfall total 275cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total 461cm 443cm -
February observed snowfall total 39cm 316cm -
March observed snowfall total - 164cm -
April observed snowfall total - 32cm -
May observed snowfall total - 2cm -
Season observed snowfall total 898cm 1493cm 0cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
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123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
461cm
[859cm]
39cm
[898cm]
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[898cm]
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2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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