Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Friday 13th January 2006

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:17am on Friday 13th January 2006
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Archive report: Posted at 8:17am on Friday 13th January 2006
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There has been no new snowfall overnight and at the moment the sun is out. There is still a fair bit of cloud cover but with almost no chance of snowfall during the day it is a nice day to be out on the slopes. It isn't as cold as it has been and the forecast is for temperatures to rise to around +4 degrees midday.

Naeba have cancelled their planned fireworks for Saturday night due to the chance of the noises causing avalanches in the region.

As you may well have seen on the national news, the main road between Niigata and Nagano in the Tsunan/Sakae town region is still blocked with snow. Sakae is next to Nozawa village and so this is the main road that people in this area of Niigata use to get to Nozawa. So at the moment the only way to get there will be by going round to the north and through the Myoko region.

We'll post another update this evening with the latest for the weekend.

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Update:

It has been a strange day - it turned out to be cloudy and actually very windy up on the mountains... Gala decided to call it a day, as did the Tashiro area of Kagura.

So how about the weekend? All the reports are pointing towards rain moving in tonight and for tomorrow to be a warm and rainy day all over Niigata. Temperatures may even climb to an unseasonably warm 13 degrees in Yuzawa, which is quite a sudden change from the conditions we have experienced this winter so far. Even higher up resorts seem to be in for rain tomorrow. Instead of the usual reports telling us how much snow to expect overnight, tonight they are giving us reports on how much rain to expect - around 70mm of rain over the next 24 hours - with that rain forecast to be coming down heavily at times. This area is certainly good at extremes!

Rain on all of the snow that has fallen so far will of course increase the chance of avalanche incidents, and this serious subject is dominating both the local and national news at the moment. If you are planning on hitting the slopes tomorrow just be aware of the situation and be careful especially in places that might pose danger.

Longer term, for the next week or so temperatures are forecast to be above average (though not as high as they will be tomorrow) and then returning to normal/average after that.

Archive report: Posted at 8:17am on Friday 13th January 2006
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Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts are now open. Please note that some resorts may not be fully open due to large amount of snow/avalanche danger.

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