Less than 1cm of snowfall to report this morning, just a thin dusting really with the temperature around 0 degrees at the moment.
There's still quite a bit of cloud around, but the sun is out as well and some blue sky.
Once again we might get a bit of snow overnight into tomorrow and then tomorrow in the daytime there's a chance of some rain. Strong winds forecast for tomorrow as well - enough to mess about with lift schedules if it happens.
For the moment though this morning good weather, the groomers should be good early on. Just hope it doesn't warm up too much...
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -2C, 0.5cm graupels in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: -5C, W5m/s and development of snowdrifts in Mikaeri area. Annupuri 1150m: snowpack 360cm. Hirafu 1000m: -5C, slight snowfall. Peak 1308m: NW13m/s, -8.3C. Coastal data: cape Benkei NNW10m/s, cape Kamui NNW6m/s, 0.7m, 1020hPa.
Although the isobars are spaced out as a high-pressure system is traveling east, an intermittent NW wind is blowing, making snowdrifts develop in some areas. Newly formed snowdrifts in 1000m area are unstable and easily collapse. Temperature is relatively high and the snow in the trees will get better in the afternoon. Many dangers, other than avalanches, exist in the backcountry. Beware of loosing control, hitting trees, falling into cracks. Peak gates will open from the morning. Do not enter south facing strictly off-limits areas. Have a nice day.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
The sun is out over the resort again this morning.
Yesterday it started out like that, but we ended up getting rain/sleet and then snow - this morning Nozawa reports up to 5cm on the upper areas of the mountain, though it didn't amount to anything lower down.
So the sun shines again but today it should be fine right through the day, warming up to around +5 degrees.
Some rain is expected tomorrow as things warm up further but looking beyond the warm spell, it's still looking potentially interesting late week with the chance of snow.
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Monday 17th March 2014, 8:34am
Clear and sunny
So we got some snow yesterday. Resorts reported up to 5cm of snow on upper areas.
This morning we have what looks like some early morning fog hanging over the village in areas, but blue skies above and we're on for a very fine day weather wise. Getting too warm for our liking of course with temperatures maybe rising to double digits early afternoon. Still better than what is expected tomorrow... some rainfall.
Thursday/Friday is looking much more interesting with a return to colder conditions and the chances of snowfall and potential refresh.
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 17th March 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall (1cm up top?) Upper - 260cm Toomi - 140cm Iimori - 105cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Upper - 230cm Lower - 60cm
Happo-one: Reporting 0cm of new snowfall. Usagidaira - 210cm Nakiyama - 65cm Sakka - 70cm
By lunchtime yesterday drops of rain were falling and it times it was quite heavy, only to fairly quickly turn into sleet... and then snow. There was even a cm or two on the car at one point, but this morning that is gone.
Resorts around town reporting no significant cm, apart from Kagura who are reporting 10cm of fresh snow and Naeba up to 5cm. I would expect up to that in other places like Gala and Yuzawa Kogen this morning.
Early on this morning though it is sunny. There are hardly any clouds and blue skies up there, though a very hazy start to the day. Having said that, looks like nice blue skies over in the direction of Kagura.
This afternoon we expect a high of about +8 degrees and similar tomorrow, though the forecast is for rain later in the day (tomorrow).
Encouraging signs of some snow due before the weekend.
March conditions continue to provide some fine skiing.
Last night there was 4cm of new snow at village level and there will be some nice on piste powder to be skied this morning. The day is overcast but the sun is breaking through the cloud cover in places and overall it looks like a pleasant day. Although morning temperatures are cold, it will warm significantly during the day and the best snow conditions will be in the early morning period.
The all Japan high school ski competitions are now over and spies course is once again open to the public.