Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 14th January 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:04am on Thursday 14th January 2010
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Archive report: Posted at 10:04am on Thursday 14th January 2010
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The snow is back. I would say at least 30-40cm of snow on top of the car this morning and Kagura are reporting 40-50cm of new snow. It is still coming down and falling heavily as well so we can surely expect those snow depth numbers to make further increases.... indeed, 40-60cm of snow is forecast to fall between now and 9am tomorrow morning. Nice.

Winds aren't so bad this morning and so resorts are all open, though with very poor visibility out there this morning it isn't for everyone!

Traffic on the roads is moving slow and I noticed a few accidents as well on Route 17 so it's pretty wild out there at the moment.

I'll post another report later on today with the latest.

Official resort snow depths @ 14th Jan 10, AM:
Mt Naeba:
220cm
Kagura:
300cm
Kagura - Tashiro:
270cm
GALA Yuzawa:
270cm
Kandatsu Kogen:
260cm
NASPA Ski Garden:
230cm
Iwappara:
225cm
Yuzawa Kogen:
240cm
Nunoba:
160cm
Yuzawa Park:
200cm
Yuzawa Nakazato:
210cm
Kayama Captain Coast:
200cm

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PM update:

It has been snowing very heavily in Yuzawa all day. There was probably about 50cm of new snow on the car last this afternoon (since this morning) and it is still coming down. It is forecast to continue as well with up to another 40cm from now until 9am tomorrow morning. The snow on the side of the roads is quickly building up and in places is now well over 2m tall. All looking very impressive. Take a look at some of the photos we uploaded today to the YuzawaNow photo galleries.

As you might imagine, even a place like Yuzawa that expects lots of snow struggles to manage so much snow falling so quickly. The Expressways in Niigata have been closed (though not to Yuzawa apparently) as have train lines and the traffic on roads is moving very slowly and carefully as visibility is bad and there's just so much snow about. Not the best time to be driving. Having said that, it's amazing that traffic is moving at all and all the snow moving machines are out in force working overtime to keep the roads as clear as possible.

So all a bit crazy really. More snow tonight and into the weekend so it's not over yet! Taking a look at the forecast, it might be early in the week before we see clearer skies and the sun. Of course, we'll keep this page updated with the latest.

Archive report: Posted at 10:04am on Thursday 14th January 2010
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts are now open for the season.

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