Nozawa Onsen Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 24th January 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:28am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow for the moment
wind condition
Fairly light it seems for the moment
visibility condition
Fair to limited as you get higher
This report
Wednesday 24th January 2018, 8:28am
20cm
Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 8:20am 9cm
Monday 22nd January 2018, 8:05am 3cm
Sunday 21st January 2018, 8:44am 0cm
Saturday 20th January 2018, 8:30am 0cm
Friday 19th January 2018, 8:17am 0cm
Thursday 18th January 2018, 8:24am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 32cm
Last 14 reports (total): 74cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 172cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 410cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:28am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
The latest Nozawa Onsen Now report can be found here

Good morning from Nozawa.

Did you see that news about the eruption over in Kusatsu yesterday?! Yikes. Nozawa is unaffected - more on that situation below.

Anyway, you want snow news don't you?

Here it is:

The resort is reporting around 20cm of fresh snow since yesterday morning across the mountain and that is pretty much what I have measured too. So a nice new layer - perhaps not as much as we expected. But the forecast remains snow, snow and more snow over the next few days.

So we continue to expect some big numbers.

Conditions should be good this morning; visibility somewhat limited on the upper parts of the resort.

More snow news tomorrow.

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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.

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Wednesday 24th January 2018

Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 19cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 21cm
- Hikage (660m): 18cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 18cm
- Karasawa (563m): 10cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 270cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 210cm
- Hikage (660m): 150cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 145cm
- Karasawa (563m): 120cm

Lifts operations:

- All scheduled lifts should be operating as normal
- The Yunomine pair, Mizunashi triple, Challenge pair and Utopia pair lifts usually rested on weekdays

The following courses either closed (or not fully available):

- Challenge 39
- Grand Prix
- Kamoshika
- Kandahar

Archive report: Posted at 8:28am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
The latest Nozawa Onsen Now report can be found here

Nozawa Onsen Now ski lift operation notes:

Nozawa Onsen is open as scheduled

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  2017/2018
*as of Wednesday 24th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
24th January 20cm 25cm 2cm
23rd January 9cm 28cm 3cm
22nd January 3cm 3cm 2cm
21st January 0cm 9cm 18cm
20th January 0cm 0cm 9cm
19th January 0cm 1cm 3cm
18th January 0cm 13cm 3cm
Previous 7 days total 32cm 79cm 40cm
Previous 14 days total 74cm 282cm 52cm
November observed snowfall total 21cm 2cm 3cm
December observed snowfall total 217cm 161cm 100cm
January observed snowfall total 172cm 366cm 132cm
February observed snowfall total - 196cm 162cm
March observed snowfall total - 97cm 75cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm -
Season observed snowfall total 410cm 822cm 472cm
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The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 24th January 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Nozawa Onsen Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - 21cm
[21cm]
217cm
[238cm]
172cm
[410cm]
- - - -
2016/2017 season - 2cm
[2cm]
161cm
[163cm]
366cm
[529cm]
196cm
[725cm]
97cm
[822cm]
0cm
[822cm]
0cm
[822cm]
2015/2016 season - 3cm
[3cm]
100cm
[103cm]
132cm
[235cm]
162cm
[397cm]
75cm
[472cm]
0cm
[472cm]
-
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
0cm
[0cm]
437cm
[437cm]
314cm
[751cm]
215cm
[966cm]
78cm
[1044cm]
0cm
[1044cm]
0cm
[1044cm]
2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
15cm
[15cm]
100cm
[115cm]
259cm
[374cm]
168cm
[542cm]
178cm
[720cm]
0cm
[720cm]
0cm
[720cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
3cm
[3cm]
213cm
[216cm]
311cm
[527cm]
253cm
[780cm]
29cm
[809cm]
15cm
[824cm]
0cm
[824cm]
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