Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 22nd May 2019
Tuesday 23rd January 2007, 8:01am
Cloudy start to the day this morning with the predicted 5cm of snow on the ground, there's a strange glow this morning - I guess it's the sun creeping underneath the clouds as it's still quite early. It's -4 degrees here at Asagai, and there's a slight breeze, making it feel colder than it is. Actually, I just looked out the window and the flags were just going mental! - so let's say it's a little gusty!
Expect a good bit of powder up there today, especially over at Kagura and off the top lifts at Naeba!
More snow on the way, not much, but definitely more!
It is snowing fairly heavily here this morning but it must have only just started because there is around 2cm of fresh on the ground here in town. yesterday was mainly overcast with a few sunny spells and only a dusting of snow. It is -11 in town this morning and should remain below -5 all day.
The forecast is predicting that this snow will last all day and possibly through tonight. Tomorrow morning should be overcast and then clear up in the afternoon to give some sunshine. Read more ...
Tuesday 23rd January 2007, 8:55am
I may have spoken too soon perhaps yesterday afternoon. The snow was coming down really well for a while there, but it unfortunately faded away as it got dark and as a result there is not much to show for it at all at town level this morning. Kagura and Naeba got more that we did here and so the slopes up there will have got a bit of a topup. (Check the Naeba Now report page for more).
This morning there was some very light snow earlier but that has stopped for now and it is cloudy at the moment and accoring to the forecast that is what we are in for all day - and probably tomorrow as well. It's hovering around the 0 degrees mark at the moment and probably won't rise much above that for the day either.
After tomorrow there are a few more days of cloud lined up along with warmer temperatures, so we'll just have to hope they got that wrong! Read more ...
Tuesday 23rd January 2007, 9:02am
Yesterday remained clear and sunny for much of the day. It got quite warm here in the village with the temperature getting up to just over 0 degrees.
As forecast it started snowing in the early evening yesterday with the first flakes falling at around 6pm. However it has not come to much overnight with only a light covering of 2-3cms here in the village this morning.
Currently it is around -9 degrees and it is snowing lightly. The snow is expected to continue to fall throughout the day and into the night. Watch for the wind to pick up a little in the afternoon. Currently the visibility is okay down low but will be variable up higher on the mountain.
It has been trying hard to snow all day, however we have only received a couple of cms overall since this morning. Currently it has stopped but the forecast is for more snow overnight and into tomorrow morning.
The Peak has been in the clouds all day, however the visibility has been good lower down as the cloud cover has remained around 1100m all day. The temperature on the mountain has also remained around -10 degrees for much of the day.
With fresh snow forecast overnight tomorrow morning is looking good. Read more ...
Tuesday 23rd January 2007, 9:08am
The snow started falling yesterday afternoon and has continued through to this morning but because of stong North winds during the night much of the snow in exposed places has been blown away, leaving only around 2-3cm of snow on the ground. It looks like the snow will cease falling by mid morning but the temperatures will remain low and more snow is expected tomorrow evening. The weekend looks like it will still be bringing more snow starting from Saturday and continue through to Monday.
A snowy start to the day today in Nozawa. Both on the mountain and in the village light snow is currently falling, with around 10 centimeters having fallen since the last report. The updated base depths on the mountain are 180cm at Yamabiko and 130cm at Uenotaira. Temperatures at present are -5C on the mountain and 0C in the village. Visibility is poor. After having held out quite well over the days it didn’t snow, the top runs on Yamabiko today are smooth and fresh, and will be all morning as there are so few people on the mountain, and the snow keeps falling.
The outlook for the next few days is good with snow expected to keep falling steadily until at least Thursday night. Winds today may be as high as 20km/h but for the rest of the time should be no stronger than 15km/h. Read more ...
Tuesday 23rd January 2007, 10:05am
This morning the rising sun illuminated a wind generated "plume" of snow from the summit of Goryu Dake. Just now when I looked at Korenge Yama and Norikura Dake whirlwinds and plumes of snow were visible with the naked eye. But despite this and the lack of big precipitation in the forecast, yesterday's half dozen cemtimetres of moderately dense snow fall improved the feel of the intermediate terrain above 1,400 m a.s.l. Also, yesterday late afternoon, the wind was gusting to moderate on the upper lift accessible terrain of Happo One.
The valley bottom forecast is for a clear sky, temperaturew -3C to 3C, light north-west winds, and nil precipitation.
The Hira Kawa Snow Study Plot (830m a.s.l.) 0700 hr. reading is:
Sky: Scattered clouds Temperature: Present: -5.0 C Maximum: 9.0 C Minimum: -6.0 C Wind: Light from the west Winds aloft: Moderate from the north-west Precipitation: Nil Barometer and trend: 923 hPa and steady Height of new snow in 24 hours (HN24): 4 cm Total depth of snowpack (HS): 68 cm Foot penetration: 12 cm Surface: new snow, size 2.0 mm Density of surface snow: not enough to measure Crust: below the new snow there is a 9 cm crust
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Hazard: Above Tree Line: Moderate
At Tree Line: Moderate
Below Tree Line: Low
N.B. The hazard may increase with daytime warming and/or increased load. The loading increase would be a result of wind transportation, so look for lee pockets at and above tree line.
Travel Advisory: Although the amount of yesterday's new snow was not that great, the moderate winds associated with it, that have persisted since (moderate North-west) above tree line and down into the lower glades (and chutes) could create pockets that could produce some human triggered activity.
Yesterday afternoon while above the Tsuga Ike Lift Company's on a snow-shoe excussion approximately 7 cm of snow fell in two hours. Only light winds were experienced in the forest at about 1,650 m a.s.l.
Two snow profiles were reported in yesterday: One, done by a visiting New Zealand ski-guide, was on Happo One, elevation 1,900 m a.s.l., north aspect, 32 degree slope. the significant observations were that two compression tests found a "moderate resistant planar" shear on 3 mm surface hoar down 25 cm from the surface. Down 50 cm from the surface was another "moderate resistant planar" result compression test on 2 mm faceted crystals. The second was done as part of a professional level avalanche course. This was at 900 m a.s.l. on a north aspect, snow depth 80 cm (HS 80). There was a compression test "easy" down 14 cm from the surface and a compression test "moderate" down 55 cm on a melt-freeze layer.
Clouds moved in on the area yesterday afternoon and also brought with them some snowfall in the afternoon and evening. There was not a huge amount of new snowfall bbut enough to give the slopes a bit of a topup.
Light snow was falling earlier on this morning but that soon cleared way and there are now big areas of blue sky visible and the sun is shining through in places - it is looking like it will be a fine day, so a good day to enjoy that new covering of snow.
More school trips in the area this week it seems, with many of them typically centered in the Ichinose area, but apart from that the slopes are not busy at all. Read more ...