Zao Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 24th January 2018

Zao Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:49am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds, fog
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
Moderate
visibility condition
Very poor
This report
Wednesday 24th January 2018, 8:49am
24cm
Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 8:49am 26cm
Monday 22nd January 2018, 8:18am 11cm
Sunday 21st January 2018, 8:34am 0cm
Saturday 20th January 2018, 9:02am 0cm
Friday 19th January 2018, 9:07am 0cm
Thursday 18th January 2018, 8:05am 12cm
Last 7 reports (total): 73cm
Last 14 reports (total): 104cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 187cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 446cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:49am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Good morning from Zao.

It's white-out full on snow and wind conditions here this morning.

Lots of fresh snow with more on the way and I reckon a day when lots of people will choose to soak in an onsen.

Once the storm passes, things should be totally refreshed and in excellent conditions.

Keep an eye on the forecast...

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About the volcanic eruption at Kusatsu-Shirane-san in Gunma Prefecture on 23rd January 2018

As you may have heard, yesterday morning there was a limited volcanic eruption followed by an avalanche in western Gunma Prefecture, close to the border with northern Nagano Prefecture. The eruption at Motoshirane happened close to the more famous Kusatsu-Shirane-san - and also the slopes of the Kusatsu Kokusai ski resort. Around 80 skiers were evacuated to an area near the upper area of Kusatsu-Shirane with some trapped in the gondola and on lifts for a while.

Very sadly, as a result of this event there was one fatality and a number of injuries, apparently due to flying rocks and the avalanche. As far as we can tell there have been no further eruptions since yesterday morning.

Our thoughts are with everyone involved and caught up in this.

This incident made the international news with some people visiting Japan asking if their ski resort will be safe, and so we thought we would add this information to our daily reports this morning.

The only ski resort affected by this event is Kusatsu Kokusai in Gunma Prefecture.

It is currently unclear how this will affect the top area of the resort, but it seems that the lower slopes of Kusatsu Kokusai will remain open today – those slopes are quite a distance from the affected area. (And perhaps this is a good example of how Japanese people are used to living with the threat of earthquakes and volcanos!)

The ski resorts in Shiga Kogen (Nagano) and Manza Onsen (Gunma) are the other closest ski resorts, but they are outside of the 2km restricted area -- and are unaffected.

And of course, ski resorts that are further away than that are also totally unaffected.

The central part of Kusatsu town itself is about 7km away from the volcano and so also unaffected.

We hope this information helps.

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Lifts and course info:

- All lifts scheduled to be operating (apart from Karamatsu which is normally closed on weekdays)
- All areas open

Official snow depths:

- Summit area: 150cm
- Paradise area: 170cm
- Chuo area: 170cm
- Utopia area: 190cm
- Uwanodai area: 105cm
- Oomori area: 110cm

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Zao Onsen forecast:

Zao Onsen 6-day snow and weather forecast

Floodlit night skiing is planned as follows:

In the Uwanodai area:
Daily until Sunday 4th March 2018
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only from Friday 9th March until Sunday 18th March 2018

In the Yokokura area:
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only 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:

January 2018: 27th-31st
February 2018: every day
March 2018: 1st-4th

Archive report: Posted at 8:49am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Some lifts might well be affected by conditions this morning but seemingly ok at the start of the day

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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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  2017/2018
*as of Wednesday 24th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
24th January 24cm 14cm 2cm
23rd January 26cm 16cm 1cm
22nd January 11cm 15cm 0cm
21st January 0cm - 8cm
20th January 0cm 0cm 12cm
19th January 0cm 0cm 46cm
18th January 12cm 0cm 26cm
Previous 7 days total 73cm 45cm 95cm
Previous 14 days total 104cm 165cm 126cm
November observed snowfall total 66cm 11cm 22cm
December observed snowfall total 193cm 98cm 96cm
January observed snowfall total 187cm 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 446cm 520cm 460cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 24th January 2018
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 - 66cm
[66cm]
193cm
[259cm]
187cm
[446cm]
- - - -
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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