Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019
Thursday 18th February 2010, 6:52am
High overcast, snow
An early report today; your reporter is off on a long tour outside Myoko, but I'm looking outside before departure and I like what Im seeing. Nice, big flakes of snow are falling from the west. Didn't expect that, actually, but it's always a nice surprise.
Reports are for fair weather later in the day, but I think a lot of people might like the high clouds, god visibility and fresh snow we're seeing this morning.
Well yesterdays snow fizzled out pretty quickly. It was falling very lightly in the morning and then just stopped leaving us with cold temperature for the rest of the day. The same is happening now with it feeling cold outside and light snow coming down. The forecast has us down for cloud pretty much all day so it seems that it will go much the same as yesterday.
The good news is that although there is no new snow around the conditions in the resort are fantastic. The cold temperatures have kept the snow in great condition and first thing in the morning, perfectly groom, they are in about as good a condition as they have been in all season. Enjoy!
Cloudy/sun with light winds, clearing up then perhaps snow later the day.
Today should be a reasonable day up on the mountain with firm packed snow, cool conditions and light winds.
There will be some clouds about up top but genrally it looks likely to turn into a fine morning with blue skies. Later on in the day we can expect the clouds to move in once more and to get some snow falling.
These conditions should continue through until Saturday night with light to moderate snow expected Friday and Saturday. After this the freeze level is due to rise sharply with some fine days forecast for early next week.
Hakuba is currently sitting under partly cloudy skies with the sun just trying to burn through the light clouds. A light dusting of snow overnight (1 cm) so not too much freshies to be found on piste on the resorts. We were expecting more snow over this week however it looks like only a few centimeters are going to be accumulating.
Conditions on the resorts today will be packed powder, groomers, moguls and crud. The buried rain crust layer is still ever present on all aspects so be aware that what looks like soft powder might have some hard stuff underneath.
Not too much precipitation forecasted for the weekend, but with any luck the weather change and more snow will come. Have fun and slide safe out there!
Yesterday remained mostly find and only partly cloudy with only a dusting of snow but no real accumulation. It has remained cold though and with clear skies last night dropped down to -17 in Kutchan. This morning has dawned mostly clear with great views of Mt Youtei and it is warming rapidly. The mountain is pretty much fully tracked out now but with the continued cold temperatures the snow is still great quality, just not deep. A weak low pressure system will approach from the west today and a little milder air will precede it with the max temp today expected to get close to freezing at village level. Snow is expected overnight and through tomorrow into the weekend as the system passes through. For us locals the sun is a little appreciated as we don't get to see it too often through the winter but for those here for only a short stay and hoping for some of the deep stuff it may be beautiful but I'm sure they'd prefer it to be snowing. This system moving through over the next 48 hours should bring a fair amount of snow and hopefully see a return of the powder.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 320 Bottom - 200
Niseko Village: Top - 385 Bottom - 235
Annupuri: Top - 340 Bottom - 220
Niseko Avalanche Info No.65
Moiwa base 6am: -8℃, slight overnight snowfall. Coastal data: NW3m/s at Benkei cape, S10m/s, 0.8m waves and 1018hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak 6am: SW15.7m/s, predicted to swing to ESE15m/s at noon. The winter weather pattern is easing due to an approaching weak low-pressure system. The wind below 1000m remains mild. There are no notable developments of snowdrifts and the general avalanche hazard is relatively low this morning. Southerly winds will pick up from this morning and visibility will turn bad in higher altitudes. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30. Remain in control and beware of crevasses and trees. Outside the gates is not the ski resort anymore. High probability of hoar layer development due to clear sky/cold temp in SW (Hirafu side) 1600m face in Yotei. Possibilities of a 100cm+ naturally triggered avalanche in steep slopes with hard slabs. Same hazard is present in Annupuri west face. Carefully select your touring route and make sure to traverse across gullies one by one.
It might be snowing in Tokyo this morning, but in Yuzawa the sun is out and we have blue skies.
Yesterday was a generally cloudy day - with some very grey clouds surrounding the town - but this morning clouds have for the most part moved on and it has turned into a fine sunny day. Fairly mild too and right now it is +1 degrees in Yuzawa.
So no new snow to report, but hopefully I might have some tomorrow as it looks like we can expect clouds back later on today and hopefully snow overnight and into tomorrow. The forecast sadly seems to have been downgraded and perhaps we can't expect as much snow on Friday as we were hoping for.... we'll just have to wait and see how that turns out.
Fine weather still forecast for Sunday and early next week.
We have already had a mix of weather this morning. I have been told that very early on we had some very light snow slowly falling from the skies but since then the clouds have started to move on and right now the sun is out and the skies are gradually getting clearer. It's not as cold as yesterday either and with the sun out we can expect it to be fairly mild out there today.
Just light snow currently forecast for tomorrow and perhaps Saturday with finer weather lined up for Sunday, Monday and perhaps Tuesday next week.
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort area:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of 18th February 10:
After a cloudy start to the day, it has cleared up considerably and now there is a fair bit of blue sky over Zao. It has been a cold morning, -10 degrees in the village earlier on and about -4 degrees now, with just a light wind. No new snow to report this morning. Mid-week the slopes are generally uncrowded - though the top course is of course very popular with the views of the juhyo trees - and snow conditions remain good as those cold temperatures stay with us.
So how is the forecast looking for the coming weekend and beyond? Perhaps some light snow later on today into the weekend, with clearer skies forecast for Sunday and Monday at the moment.
The day started off very nicely with extensive grooming over the entire mountain making for perfect turns. It was sunny in the morning but grey clouds rolled in around lunch time and it started snowing. The snow is in great condition, being kept fresh by the consistently cold Furano temperatures. Read more ...