Zao Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 20th December 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:26am on Wednesday 20th December 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud and sun
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Good
This report
Wednesday 20th December 2017, 9:26am
2cm
Tuesday 19th December 2017, 9:10am 9cm
Monday 18th December 2017, 9:29am 2cm
Sunday 17th December 2017, 9:20am 23cm
Saturday 16th December 2017, 8:03am 0cm
Friday 15th December 2017, 8:44am 0cm
Thursday 14th December 2017, 9:47am 9cm
Last 7 reports (total): 45cm
Last 14 reports (total): 98cm
Current month (December 2017) total: 104cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 170cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:26am on Wednesday 20th December 2017
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Good morning from Zao.

Alas, not much to report from yesterday and this morning we are seeing some sun shining through with improved visibility.

I'm taking a look at the forecast and there's not much sign of snowfall over the next 4-5 days or so. Christmas Day is when the next snow looks set to move in and be delivered personally by good old Santa. Until then we are due a mix of sun and cloud and generally rather milder temperatures. Fingers crossed it won't warm up too much - the weekend looks like the mildest conditions expected.

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Operating lifts:

- Most areas now at least part open

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 70cm
- Paradise area: 70cm
- Chuo area: 70cm
- Utopia area: 85cm
- Uwanodai area: 50cm
- Oomori area: 55cm

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Zao Onsen forecast:

Zao Onsen 6-day snow and weather forecast

Floodlit night skiing for the 2017-2018 season is planned as follows:

In the Uwanodai area:
Daily from Saturday 23rd December 2017 until Sunday 4th March 2018
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 9th March until Sunday 18th March 2018.

In the Yokokura area:
Daily from Saturday 23rd December 2017 until Monday 8th January 2018
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 12th January until Sunday 18th February 2018.
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 2nd March until Sunday 11th March 2018.

Night time 'light up' sightseeing ropeway is planned for the following dates:

December 2017: 23rd-24th, 29th-31st
January 2018: 1st-7th, 13th-14th, 20th-21st, 27th-31st
February 2018: every day
March 2018: 1st-4th

Archive report: Posted at 9:26am on Wednesday 20th December 2017
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao Onsen is part open

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  2017/2018
*as of Wednesday 20th December 2017
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
20th December 2cm 0cm 0cm
19th December 9cm 0cm 4cm
18th December 2cm 1cm 10cm
17th December 23cm 17cm 2cm
16th December 0cm 2cm 0cm
15th December 0cm 14cm 0cm
14th December 9cm 11cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 45cm 45cm 16cm
Previous 14 days total 98cm 77cm 16cm
November observed snowfall total 66cm 11cm 22cm
December observed snowfall total 104cm 98cm 96cm
January observed snowfall total - 241cm 211cm
February observed snowfall total - 105cm 83cm
March observed snowfall total - 65cm 45cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm -
Season observed snowfall total 170cm 520cm 460cm
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Zao Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - 66cm
[66cm]
104cm
[170cm]
- - - - -
2016/2017 season - 11cm
[11cm]
98cm
[109cm]
241cm
[350cm]
105cm
[455cm]
65cm
[520cm]
0cm
[520cm]
0cm
[520cm]
2015/2016 season - 22cm
[22cm]
96cm
[118cm]
211cm
[329cm]
83cm
[412cm]
45cm
[457cm]
3cm
[460cm]
-
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]
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