Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 27th January 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:46am on Thursday 27th January 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 9:46am on Thursday 27th January 2011
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I'm glad I waited half an hour to post todays report - it has gone from being bright blue skies over Yuzawa to dull, grey, low clouds covering most of the mountains and looks set to start snowing anytime now.

Rewind a bit to yesterday, when it also started off with clearer conditions but the clouds moved in and by early afternoon was snowing.... wet snow to start off with but by 4pm there was about 5cm of snow on the top of the car and then by 11pm another 5-10cm or so. So this morning I would estimate about 10-15cm of snow since the report yesterday down at town level.

Kagura are reporting 15-20cm of fresh snow this morning so I would expect most resorts around town to have seen perhaps 10-15cm since yesterday.

It is currently 0 degrees in town and not much wind at all so feels fairly mild. So not quite snowing yet this morning but it looks like it could be any minute now.

Looking forward, more chance of light snow showers tomorrow with cloud and then perhaps a chance of a clearer start to Saturday but the snow will not be far away with heavy snow forecast for Saturday night.

Edit: The first flakes of snow have just started to very slowly fall as I finish up this report!

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Evening update:

I know exactly when it started snowing this morning because it was just after I posted the report....so, 10am. It was wet snow at first but by this afternoon we have seen some really very heavy snow fall in Yuzawa. It is still snowing now and there was at least 40cm on the car by 5pm this evening. So that's 40+cm since lunchtime today!

Many roads are covered in snow and the evening traffic is moving slowly with some hairy conditions out there at the moment - quite a few locals and people going back home are going to be a bit late I think.

It goes without saying that conditions are going to be fantastic once again out there tomorrow. But will it stop snowing by tomorrow? The local forecast has us getting another 20-40cm of snow tonight from now until 9am tomorrow morning and for light snow to continue tomorrow. It doesn't look like we are going to be able to enjoy a clear bluebird day for a while yet as the snow clouds are never going to be far away, so it seems.

Look to next week for milder conditions and perhaps clearer weather.

Archive report: Posted at 9:46am on Thursday 27th January 2011
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