Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 18th May 2019
Tuesday 23rd February 2010, 8:37am
Beautiful day yesterday, bluebird for most of the day and chilled at the mountain again after a busy weekend. Spring-like conditions on the resort yesterday but iced over quick once the cloud came in...we didn't get the last rays of the sun, even got a patter of rain in the evening though thankfully that quit quick.
Ice-cold and misty in the valley this morning but the cloud has burned off and today is setting up to be a pearler like yesterday, soft conditions will be the order of the day once the sun warms the snow up though shaded areas will still have their hard on.
Enjoy this weeks clear days and spring temps, depending where you look rain may be back on the cards Friday-ish.
The roads are actually a bit wet earlier on and it seems we had some sleet/rain falling.... but that has stopped and while there is more cloud around than there was yesterday, it is going to be another day of sun and blue skies with a high of around 9 degrees.
The latest for the coming week shows these conditions continuing possibly through into the weekend.
The sun continues to shine in Minakami this morning with temperatures expected to climb as high as 10 deg. C (currently 2 deg.). Thursday and Friday have even higher temperatures forecast, with a high of 17 deg. C. As we head into March it definitely feels like Spring is here!
There will likely be a few more good snow storms before the end of the season but until then the snow under 1500m in the Kanto area is likely to be Springy. Read more ...
Tuesday 23rd February 2010, 8:52am
Sun, blue skies
Yesterday was a stunning day in Zao. Bright blue clouds from early on - the early wispy clouds soon cleared up - and for the most part it stayed that way all day, just some wispy clouds coming back in the evening. Snow conditions were pretty great too, especially up top, so one of the best days of the season so far out there I'd say.
Late on in the evening some light snow was falling for a short while but it didn't last long and there's nothing to show for it this morning.
Today the sun is out again and it's blue skies all round - looks like it might well be a day similar to yesterday. It's a mild morning, currently +1 degrees in the village and almost no wind at all.
Should be another fine day to be out there. For those planning to visit, it looks like the next few days should see fine weather too.
A cloudy start to the day but the clouds seem to be breaking up and more clear skies in the last 30 minutes or so. The forecast is for another sunny day and then more of the same tomorrow... and the day after... and after that it might be rain on Friday with the next snow forecast for perhaps the weekend.
Up at Kagura it was 0 degrees earlier this morning and expect things to warm up during the day. Right now it is +1 degrees in the village and I would expect a high of around +4 degrees here later on.
It's more of the same here this morning. The sun is out, clear skies and warm temperatures. Are we into spring? Sure hope not but it feels that way the last few days. And we need to be prepared for more as tomorrow and Thursday look set to be similar but even warmer.
So when can we expect more snow? Perhaps over the weekend, though nothing significant as this mild stretch of weather seems set to continue for a while yet.
There is still tons of snow around the area but without much of a topup of late and the warmer temperatures, as you might expect conditions are reflected by that. Still some fine groomers out there this morning and not many people on the slopes.
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort area:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of 23rd February 10:
Last night a warm front ahead of the approaching low passed over the region. It was accommpanied by very strong winds and for a period blizzard conditions with heavy snow falling. Temperatures though remained mild, hovering around freezing and the snow is fairly wet and heavy down low. There has been significant drifting on upper slopes and although all gates are scheduled to open today (dependent on lifts) be very wary on lee slopes in the upper bowls. Today has remained mild and the wind has abated a little but the top lifts around the resort remain on wind hold. Better quality snow will be found up higher. A large area of low pressure has developed over East Asia and this will direct a SW airstream over Hokkaido for much of the rest of the week continuing the mild temperatures and we can expect rain from later Thursday and through Friday. Cooler temps and snow should return later on the weekend.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 330 Bottom - 200
Niseko Village: Top - 390 Bottom - 230
Annupuri: Top - 355 Bottom - 230
Niseko Avalanche Info No.70
Moiwa base 6am: -3℃, 10cm of low pressure system snowfall during the night. Coastal data: W10m/s at Benkei cape, WSW11m/s, 1.6m waves and 1013 hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak data: SSW30.5m/s at 22:30, WSW8.8m/s and -8℃ at 6am, forecasted wind at noon W20m/s. Drastic development of snowdrifts in leeward slopes above 800m (up to 50cm at 1000m) due to the passing cold front. Considerable hazards of hard slab avalanches will persist this morning in Higashi-One steeps, Backbowl 1000m area, Mikaeri no sawa area, western slopes of the north face. Potential trigger layer is Feb 22nd. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 10:00. Follow the ski patrol’s instructions. It is strongly recommended to avoid riding knolls, crusted/wind-rippled 40°slopes or widely open slopes all at once. Ride one by one, strong stimulation could trigger a major scale slide from deeper layers. Avalanches DO happen here, don’t be mislead by spurious information that there are no avalanches in Niseko. There have been 9 avalanche related fatalities between 1985 and 1999 in Niseko. Always reconsider the risk you’re taking before stepping out of bounds. Beware also of crevasses and trees.
Temperatures were pretty warm this morning, at -1deg at the base. At the moment it is around +2 and it feels like Hawaii. The roads are either rivers or slush, and by tonight will be skating rinks - so be very careful if driving. There were strong winds overnight but they have died down now. On the positive side there was 5cm of new snow.
Tomorrow looks like good weather but the possibility of rain on Thurs, Sat, Sun is somewhat worrisome. This warm patch could well signify the turning point that we are heading out of winter.
Warm and sunny, with increasing clouds through the day
Warm and sunny; pretty soft conditions out there today (at least the rain never appeared. The day started sunny, with increasing clouds into the afternoon.
Looks like more of the same ahead, with temperatures likely to keep rising tomorrow and Thursday.
In the backcountry, keep an eye on the hard ice layer about 50cm down; we may see it softening, but in the meantime there have been small isolated slides as the fresh snow of the weekend slides off the ice.