Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 22nd December 2005

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:36am on Thursday 22nd December 2005
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Archive report: Posted at 8:36am on Thursday 22nd December 2005
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The forecasts last night were warning of heavy snow - but we wake to just a cloudy morning early on. It looks like the snow may well be moving in on Yuzawa though, so expect it to be falling by the time we next update this page.

Both GALA and Kagura are reporting fairly strong winds higher up. At the moment only the Mitsumata area of Kagura is open and GALA may well be closing some lifts during the day depending on conditions up there.

Both the quads at Iwappara are now moving. Yuzawa Park is also now part open, as is Yuzawa Nakazato (both with 3 lifts operating).

So, time for another update on the remaining resorts to open:

23rd December (Fri) - Naeba Asagai;
23rd December (Fri) - Kayama Captain Coast;
23rd December (Fri) - Ludens Yuzawa;
23rd December (Fri) - NASPA Ski Garden;
23rd December (Fri) - Ipponsugi

So it looks like by this time tomorrow morning all of the resorts in Yuzawa should be at least part open!

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11am update:

Heavy snow is now falling at town level and the really strong winds have arrived. Around 15cm of snow in the last hour on tops of cars, it is really coming down with some force and very poor visibility. Not the best of days to be out on the slopes - if they're open that is, best to check with the resorts for the latest!

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6pm update:

Very nasty conditions outside today - heavy snow and very strong winds.

This did not really affect Yuzawa, but it seems that as many as 650,000 households in Niigata-ken were affected by electricity blackouts today - and still around 220,000 without electricity as this is being written. Here in central Yuzawa we only saw lights flickering and the electric go off for a matter of seconds quite a few times this morning, although a friend in the Kandatsu area said they were without electric for about an hour early afternoon.

It seems that the Shinkansen trains were affected but from 4pm they are now operating as normal - which is more than can be said for other areas of the prefecture. Apparently at one point 1160 sets of traffic lights were not working, causing a fair few problems.

The heavy snow (and winds) are forecast to continue into tomorrow - with up to another 80cm of snow possible before noon tomorrow!

Time for an onsen.

Archive report: Posted at 8:36am on Thursday 22nd December 2005
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

Parts of Kagura and Gala closed due to strong winds. See todays report for other resort status news.

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