Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 9th May 2021

Furano Now!

Monday 15th November 2010, 9:14am
Weather conditions: Snowing
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
There has been a solid accumulation of snowfall that started early morning. There is good coverage in the village of 5cm and it continues to precipitate at a high rate. The temperatures at the top of the resort are well below freezing.
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Niseko Now!

Monday 15th November 2010, 9:55am
Weather conditions: Cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
As expected snow is falling to low levels this morning. So far we have up to 5cm on the ground in the village and it is still snowing out there. It is a little below freezing at village level and the snow is reasonably dry, it'll certainly be nice quality on the upper mountain. The snow is expected to continue through most of the day and into tomorrow morning with some snow showers continuing into Wednesday.
A large area of low pressure is developing over Siberia where normally we would expect high pressure to be dominant at this time of year. An area of high pressure below this over China will ridge out over Japan from later on Wednesday and this will direct a milder more southerly airstream over Hokkaido bringing temperature back up into the high single digits through the weekend. So the snow falling currently will probably melt again at lower levels.
We're still waiting for the typical synoptic situation with high pressure dominant over Siberia to become established which should bring sustained northerlies and plentiful snow to really get the season going.    Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Monday 15th November 2010, 10:17am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog, rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
No snow to report yet, I'm afraid.

This morning it's a bit cloudy up there with fairly poor visibility but no new sprinklings to report up top even... just a frost on the ground earlier on.

It is raining lower down the mountain right now and about 3 degrees, but we may get a bit of snow higher up today - but can't expect much.

As the forecast stands right now we might see some more around Thursday, but Kagura opening this coming weekend is looking very unlikely.

Next update on Wednesday.   Read more ...

Yuzawa Now!

Monday 15th November 2010, 10:24am
Weather conditions: Cloud, rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
We have seen more mixed weather over the weekend. Yesterday went from cloudy to sunny to heavy rain once again in the evening, but it stayed fairly mild. It's actually colder now than it was overnight, with a temperature of around 7 degrees in town. It's raining still though and we could see some fairly strong winds a bit later on in the day and then hopefully some sleet turning into snow on the mountainsides tonight.

Those looking forward to the opening of Kagura on Saturday will likely be in for a disappointment - it's not looking like we can expect more than a few cm of snow up on the slopes even up there before the weekend. It's weather though, so things can always change quickly, so fingers crossed!   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Monday 15th November 2010, 10:38am
Weather conditions: Rain
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
The planned opening date of the resort is fast approaching - the planned opening has been 20th November. So, how are things looking?

Well, unfortunately, right now it is looking unlikely. There has been a few sprinklings up top over the last few weeks but they have fairly quickly dried up. This morning a look at the webcams shows a frosty looking top area of the resort with perhaps another dusting of snow, but no significant snowfall.

Today it is raining down in the village and a coldish feeling 4 degrees, and we can perhaps get a few centimeters of snow accummulating up top followed by some finer weather and then maybe more sprinklings around Thursday.

As the forecast currently stands though, surely not enough to be able to open any slopes/lifts at the weekend.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Monday 15th November 2010, 11:34am
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog, rain, sprinklings of snow at times higher up
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's a wet and cloudy/foggy morning in Shiga Kogen. Though it is raining in most areas, there has been a sprinkling of white dust on the higher areas but nothing that is anything like covering the green/brown of the earth on show. There might be a bit more during the day and into tonight but I don't think we can expect much.

After that we can perhaps expect a few more light snowfalls before the weekend inbetween periods of finer weather conditions, but it is not looking like we can expect much - certainly not enough to get some lifts moving next weekend. Not as the forecast is right now anyway.

It's pretty cold though today with the thermometer outside currently telling me "0"!   Read more ...

Zao Now!

Monday 15th November 2010, 15:32pm
Weather conditions: Cloud, fog and cold
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
This morning in Zao it was about 3 degrees in the village with some strong winds - so it was feeling colder than that with everyone walking around in winter gear or at least enough to keep warm. It sure feels like an early winters day today.

There have been foggy icy and very cold conditions up on the mountain (I have heard around -4 degrees) with poor visibility and strong winds and there has also been a slight snowfall up at the top of the resort - perhaps up to 5cm or so in places.

The resort is ready to open now and will do anytime after Saturday when there is enough snow. There's another cold spell coming around Thursday, but it seems very unlikely that it will deposit enough snow to get us going.

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Myoko Now!

Monday 15th November 2010, 16:46pm
Weather conditions: Heavy overcast, snow
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
It's colder than expected today and that means the predicted rains for the day have turned into a (currently light) dusting of snow down to below the base of the resort. It probably won't stay, but it's good to see it—and you never know what might happen.

Lift operations:

All lifts closed   Read more ...

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