Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019
Thursday 12th February 2009, 6:59am
SUNNY PARTLY CLOUDY
A nice dusting last night smoothed things out a bit, but temps are high this week. The quality may deteriorate quickly today as temps rise to 3 or even 4 degrees. Togakushi remains well below zero as always, so that may be an option until early afternoon if you need the squeaky stuff. Read more ...
Thursday 12th February 2009, 8:57am
Cloudy and sunny - Changeable
Definitely worth crawling out of bed this morning - what with the 20cm of fresh snow on the ground outside. Naeba is shrouded in a mix of falling snow and low cloud, though the sun really is making an effort to brighten things up and create a bit of decent visibility.
-2 degrees outside with no wind and like I said - Lots of fresh snow!
Maybe 5cm or so of snow to move this morning and probably more higher up. Early morning low clouds and fog are lifting to reveal what looks like could be another fine and sunny day in the region. The new layer of snow is of course welcome so conditions out there should be pretty good today.
Looking forward to tomorrow, it looks like temperatures are going to rise a bit and we might unfortunately be on the receiving end of some rain tomorrow night - hopefully not and if it does turning into snow by Saturday morning. We'll update you on that tomorrow, fingers crossed!
Official resort snow depths as of 12th February 09:
The 5-15cm of snow did actually fall on the mountains with that being exactly what Iwappara are reporting this morning. They are describing it as fairly wet and heavy snow (as in weight-wise!) due to the relatively mild temperatures. Both Naeba and Kagura are reporting another 15cm or so of fresh snow - no doubt less heavy as well - so conditions up there should be good today.
There has been just a sprinkling down below and right now it is cloudy (can only see the bottom parts of the mountains), 0 degrees and the weather set to clear up as the day progresses.
Don't want to mention this but.... it is looking likely that we are going to be in for some heavy rain tomorrow night and possibly into Saturday morning. Obviously we can all do without that though Sunday is currently on the forecast as bringing snow, so we can just hope now that things turn colder than currently forecast. We'll keep you updated.
Nighta tonight is at the following resorts in Yuzawa: Naeba Iwappara
In Minamiuonuma just to the north, nighta at: Ishiuchi Maruyama Centleisure Maiko Joetsu Kokusai
A beautiful bluebird day with fresh powder to top it all off.
Good morning, and what a great morning it is indeed!
The blessing of fresh new snow began yesterday afternoon and continued into the night and the early hours, tempting all those eager to get out for fresh tracks in the morning. We have recorded 25-30cms of new snow, with the tops of the mountain being blessed with almost 40cms this morning. The snow is kind of heavy up top, but fresh pow nonetheless.
A beautiful bluebird day to compliment the fresh snow, with crisp south easterly winds picking up this afternoon, bringing in low setting clouds, and hopefully more snow, although it looks like we won't be getting any more until early Saturday morning. Fingers crossed....
Last night a little wet snow moved across the region adding up to 10cm at the base and there's been drifting of up to 40cm higher up the mountain on lee slopes. This morning it is only partly cloudy and temperatures are mild. At the base temperatures will remain above freezing for much of today so expect almost springlike conditions on the lower mountain by the afternoon. Tonight is expected to get well below freezing but tomorrow some rain is still likely. The JMA (Japan Meteorological Agency) is not forecasting rain at this stage but Snow-forecast has a small deluge forecast for the region. I definitely think we'll see some rain at lower levels but am very hopeful that it will be short lived and there'll be more snow than rain (more hopeful than confident). Whatever happens all next week is still looking very cold and snowy. So even if we do get a reasonably significant rain event tomorrow any damage should be repaired in no time.
5 cm of new dry snow, most of it falling this morning. The forecast says the weather will clear up a bit this afternoon, and supposedly, there will be up to 20 cm falling on Friday night. Get ready for Saturday.
10cm of fresh snow at the valley level today with up to 30cm in places in the upper mountains. Strong winds this morning transported snow from exposed areas but has since subsided with patches of blue sky now showing through. It looks like the remainder of the day will follow a similar pattern.
The outlook for the weekend is for very warm weather with a possibility of rain on Saturday at the valley level. The snow looks like it will return next week from Monday as a cold front sweeps over Japan. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 12th February 2009, 10:35am
Clear and sunny.
A beautiful start to the morning here in Nozawa after steady snow fell in the village and on the mountain last night. 10cm of fresh snow is reported to have fallen at the summit, with 7cm at Uenotaira, and 5cm accross the lower sections of the resort and the village. The snow condition is quite good with powder right down to the village this morning.
There is currently a 20km/h north westerly blowing that will ease to 10km/h in the afternoon. Temperatures at the moment are -5C at the summit and 0C in the village.
Temperatures are expected to warm up Friday and rain will fall Friday night. Fortunately, temperatures will again drop on Saturday and light snow will begin to fall Saturday, through Sunday, increasing to moderate snow falls on Monday. 19cm is expected at the summit on Monday.
All lifts are expected to operate today.
All courses will be open except Mukoubayashi, Kurokura and Hachiman. Read more ...