Nozawa Onsen Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 28th January 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:10am on Tuesday 28th January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
2°C

Top temp:
-2°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None right now
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Fair
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Tuesday 28th January 2020, 8:10am
0cm
Monday 27th January 2020, 9:41am 0cm
Sunday 26th January 2020, 8:46am 0cm
Saturday 25th January 2020, 8:32am 0cm
Friday 24th January 2020, 8:13am 0cm
Thursday 23rd January 2020, 7:43am 0cm
Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 8:22am 17cm
Last 7 reports (total): 17cm
Last 14 reports (total): 42cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 109cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 146cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:10am on Tuesday 28th January 2020
The latest Nozawa Onsen Now report can be found here

Good morning.

Some of you may have seen the Japanese national news last night about there being snowfall in Hakone and other regions to the south of us. Places that don't usually get snow, or at least hardly any. Perhaps you were wondering if we were getting dumped on. I wish we were, but no. It is just cloudy right now. Trees on the top Yamabiko area certainly look frosted this morning but the resort itself is not reporting any cm, so perhaps that is just what it is.

Today and tomorrow look set to be mild with temperatures at base getting over 5C and today we can expect some moderate southerly wind. It should be mostly cloudy skies with the chance of some rain overnight. (Sigh).

But, but!!

Relief looks to be on the way; from later on Thursday there's some real Nozawa-like snow potential there on the forecasts. I almost wish that I could fast-forward to it. It's best not to wish away our limited time though, so with that in mind I am going to head up to those frosted trees on the top of the mountain and have me some fun.

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It is peak season, and lots of visitors are here enjoying themselves.

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Tuesday 28th January 2020

Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday morning:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 0cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 0cm
- Hikage (660m): 0cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 0cm
- Karasawa (563m): 0cm

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 120cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 100cm
- Hikage (660m): 45cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 25cm
- Karasawa (563m): 10cm

All lifts normally operating apart from the following lifts:

- Challenge pair
- Utopia pair
- Kandahar pair
- Karasawa pair

All courses normally open apart from the following courses:

- Utopia B
- Kurokura
- Kandahar
- Skyline (lower area closed; it is open down to Tanuki course)
- Jumping
- Mukobayashi
- Hachiman
- Nagasaka link
- Usagi

Archive report: Posted at 8:10am on Tuesday 28th January 2020
The latest Nozawa Onsen Now report can be found here

Nozawa Onsen Now ski lift operation notes:

Nozawa Onsen is open. See above for details

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 28th January 2020
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  2019/2020
*as of Tuesday 28th January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
28th January 0cm 7cm 12cm
27th January 0cm 28cm 18cm
26th January 0cm 12cm 26cm
25th January 0cm 22cm 47cm
24th January 0cm 36cm 20cm
23rd January 0cm 10cm 9cm
22nd January 17cm 42cm 3cm
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Previous 14 days total 42cm 252cm 136cm
November observed snowfall total 4cm 2cm 21cm
December observed snowfall total 33cm 202cm 217cm
January observed snowfall total 109cm 425cm 325cm
February observed snowfall total - 170cm 131cm
March observed snowfall total - 58cm 5cm
April observed snowfall total - 29cm 1cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 146cm 886cm 700cm
Nozawa Onsen Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 28th January 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Nozawa Onsen Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2021/2022 season - - - - - - - -
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 4cm
[4cm]
33cm
[37cm]
109cm
[146cm]
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2018/2019 season - 2cm
[2cm]
202cm
[204cm]
425cm
[629cm]
170cm
[799cm]
58cm
[857cm]
29cm
[886cm]
0cm
[886cm]
2017/2018 season - 21cm
[21cm]
217cm
[238cm]
325cm
[563cm]
131cm
[694cm]
5cm
[699cm]
1cm
[700cm]
0cm
[700cm]
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]
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2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
0cm
[0cm]
437cm
[437cm]
314cm
[751cm]
215cm
[966cm]
78cm
[1044cm]
0cm
[1044cm]
0cm
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2013/2014 season 0cm
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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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