Zao Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 12th January 2016

Zao Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Zao Onsen region, Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:29am on Tuesday 12th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy, white-out higher up
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow on and off
wind condition
Moderate
Poor higher up especially, not so bad down below
This report
Tuesday 12th January 2016, 10:29am
3cm
Monday 11th January 2016, 10:06am 11cm
Sunday 10th January 2016, 9:54am 10cm
Saturday 9th January 2016, 9:45am 6cm
Friday 8th January 2016, 10:27am 12cm
Thursday 7th January 2016, 9:10am 1cm
Wednesday 6th January 2016, 9:12am 4cm
Last 7 reports (total): 47cm
Last 14 reports (total): 55cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 53cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 171cm

Archive report: Posted at 10:29am on Tuesday 12th January 2016
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

White-out conditions again, higher up in particular, this morning.... and another cold day is on the cards.

Cold conditions, snow falling on and off and some gusty wind as well especially up there on the higher slopes.

Snow is expected to ease or just be light for the rest of the day today and tomorrow until later on in the day tomorrow - decent snowfall Thursday and Friday? Looking likely... expect the cold temps to continue as well.

Consistent mid-winter like conditions sounds good!

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Those of you in Japan may have seen Zao on the 9pm news on NHK last night. The weather forecast lady was seen taking the Ropeway up to the top of the resort and commenting on how the 'juhyo' ice monsters are still relative babies this year. Still growing and hopefully making some good growth spurts soon.

The resort staff that she was with also mentioned how there is 1/4 (one quarter) of the usual amount of snow up there. It was good to hear them being up front about it.

Still, it looked pretty good up there even if a strong wind was blowing and it looked mighty cold. It certainly looked mid-winter in terms of weather conditions.

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Information as of Tuesday 12th January 2016 (subject to change)

All of the lifts at Zao Onsen are operating (except the Karamatsu pair lift which is closed weekdays).
All areas of Zao Onsen are now at least part open.
Note that there is still less snow than usual and it is thin on the ground especially on lower course areas of the resort.

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 55cm
Chuo: 80cm
Paradise: 55cm
Uwanodai: 35cm

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6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao Onsen lifts are all moving as planned - some course areas not yet open though as we wait for deeper snow

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Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent Zao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 12th January 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Tuesday 12th January 2016
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Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Zao Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2015/2016
*as of Tuesday 12th January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
12th January 3cm 10cm 0cm
11th January 11cm 1cm 2cm
10th January 10cm 10cm 1cm
9th January 6cm 0cm 2cm
8th January 12cm 20cm 0cm
7th January 1cm 3cm 0cm
6th January 4cm 0cm 2cm
Previous 7 days total 47cm 44cm 7cm
Previous 14 days total 55cm 102cm 57cm
November observed snowfall total 22cm 20cm 12cm
December observed snowfall total 96cm 281cm 179cm
January observed snowfall total 53cm 118cm 111cm
February observed snowfall total - 181cm 166cm
March observed snowfall total - 103cm 107cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 4cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 171cm 703cm 579cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 12th January 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Zao Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - 22cm
[22cm]
96cm
[118cm]
53cm
[171cm]
- - - -
2014/2015 season - 20cm
[20cm]
281cm
[301cm]
118cm
[419cm]
181cm
[600cm]
103cm
[703cm]
0cm
[703cm]
0cm
[703cm]
2013/2014 season - 12cm
[12cm]
179cm
[191cm]
111cm
[302cm]
166cm
[468cm]
107cm
[575cm]
4cm
[579cm]
0cm
[579cm]
2012/2013 season - 3cm
[3cm]
150cm
[153cm]
243cm
[396cm]
218cm
[614cm]
21cm
[635cm]
22cm
[657cm]
0cm
[657cm]
  October November December January February March April May
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