Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Friday 20th February 2009

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:37am on Friday 20th February 2009
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Archive report: Posted at 9:37am on Friday 20th February 2009
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The snow clouds cleared up yesterday in the afternoon revealing some blue skies behind the remaining clouds. We had some strong winds last night and also now which is affecting some resort operations (see below). Other than the wind, it's a strange one. The roads look wet and indeed there is some very light rain falling at the moment. At the same time the sun is out. And it's very mild again I'm afraid, currently at around 6 degrees so those winds feel quite warm. Hopefully the temperatures will fall during the day and we have rain turning into snow forecast for tonight, as well as snow through tomorrow.

The strong winds are having an affect on the resorts. Naeba's gondolas are all at a standstill this morning and all of Kagura, all of GALA Yuzawa and Yuzawa Kogen are closed today. Other resorts are seeing limited lift operations - Iwappara have only 2 lifts moving and expect other places to see similar restrictions until these winds calm down.

Nighta tonight is at the following resorts in Yuzawa:

In Minamiuonuma just to the north, nighta at:
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Centleisure Maiko
Joetsu Kokusai

Official resort snow depths @ 20th Feb 09, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura Tashiro:
Kagura Mitsumata:
GALA Yuzawa:
Pine Ridge Resorts Kandatsu:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Park:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Kayama Captain Coast:


PM update:

Here's an update before the weekend.

Unfortunately we had some heavy rain in Yuzawa today (though apparently it was wet snow higher up), though the stronger winds did calm down a bit. It's going the other way again from now though with some very strong winds forecast overnight.

Rain is still falling but sometimes it's more like sleet and then looks like it's trying to turn into snow. So it is trying!

The good news is that there is a very high chance that it will be full on snow soon and snow is forecast for tonight and most of the day tomorrow. The official forecast for Yuzawa is 15cm-30cm of snow between now and tomorrow morning, so fingers crossed we can report that in the next post. There's a real worry that strong winds will be affecting resort operations especially in the morning, so if you are planning on visiting Yuzawa early on it will be best to check with the resorts to make sure they will be open.

Let it snow!

Archive report: Posted at 9:37am on Friday 20th February 2009
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

All ski & snowboard resorts in Yuzawa are now open for the season, though limited operations today due to strong winds. See report.

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