Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 18th February 2020
Friday 20th January 2006, 8:12am
We did get snow since the last report (but not 50cm - more like 20cm). This morning it is cloudy - light snow was falling just a short while ago (and still is to the north in Shiozawa) and the local forecast is that it will be cloudy all day. (Other forecasts are telling us it should be sunny this morning, so there are conflicting accounts of what to expect today). But looking outside the window ---- it's cloudy! It's cold as well, so need to wrap up well. The strong winds of yesterday are no longer with us, just a slight breeze this morning.
We'll update the page again later on with an update for the weekend.
It was cloudy for most of the day, but changeable - from time to time the sun was out, then it was snowing (lightly)..... it couldn't make its mind up. It was fairly mild as well (hovering around 0C), not as cold as we were expecting. A good day to be on the slopes and decent conditions out there as well.
So how about the weekend?
First of all, no new snow is forecast for overnight.
Latest forecasts have tomorrow as cloudy with temperatures rising to a max of around -1C. Snow clouds may move in and snow start to fall late in the afternoon afternoon/evening.
Sunday has that snow continuing and clearing up later on. After that for the week ahead it is a mix of cloud and snow.
It was fairly wild weather out there for large parts of yesterday with gusts of wind blowing a lot of snow about. We have got some new snow though and conditions out there today should be really good.
It's very cold morning and cloudy at the moment with some light snow falling in some areas at the moment.
It's worth mentioning that generally the slopes on weekdays this winter are really not crowded at all - sometimes 'empty' is a more appropriate description - and if you can get here on a weekday you're in for a treat. Even weekends aren't proving to be that crowded, especially compared to previous seasons. Read more ...
Friday 20th January 2006, 8:50am
Sunny and clear
Well we're off to a better start today with CALM West/North Westerlies. Cold temps out there this morning @ -6 deg in the Valley and -11 at the tops of the resorts. Clear sunny skies today with temps expected to rise to -1 in the Valley and -5 at the tops, so bring your sunscreen!
Hopefully some softening in the snow with the solar radiation today, especially after the extreme wind scouring yesterday afternoon. Make sure your edges are sharp! There is snow in the forcast for tomorrow and throughout the coming week, but hard to tell how much, keep your fingers crossed.
** AVALANCHE WARNING MODERATE ** Natural avalanches unlikely. Human triggered avalanches possible. Use caution in steep terain especially around rocky outcrops, cornices and convexing rolls on unsupported slopes. A crust covers most of the mountains right now but there are pockets of wind deposited snow in gullies and leaward slopes. Be careful of instability in this layer especially with increasing snow over the January 14th, rain crust. There is some faceting taking place beneath the rain crust as well that is also a concern. Do not be under the assumption that the crust means that the slopes are bomb proof. There is a possibility that avalanches may be set off in the areas described above especially when combined with solar radiation or intense wind loading. Be cautious out there. Read more ...
Friday 20th January 2006, 9:18am
Snow has continued on and off for the last couple of days with heavy falls at times. A big low pressure system is situated in the Sea of Okhotsk directing north westerly winds from out of Siberia straight over Hokkaido. This situation looks set to continue meaning cold snowy weather should be with us for awhile yet.
Spent the day at Rusutsu yesterday and had fresh tracks in thigh deep bottomless pow all day. After days like that is it any wonder I want to live here for the rest of my life? Here at Hirafu bottomless turns can be found all over the mountain and there are still plenty of freshies to be found out there. Lift queues are still non existant so there's no impediment to getting out there except maybe the previous nights hangover.
A mild comfortable day, still overcast, but the sky is brighter than usual with the promise of some blue peeking through possibly later in the afternoon. Light snowfall since late last night with low clouds masking the mountain tops. Read more ...