Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Sunday 28th January 2007, 8:28am
Another very cold night, still -12 at 8am this morning. No snow overnight but the wind has died off so should be a good day up on the mountain, especially in the higher sections which were unaccessible yesterday due to the gondola closing.
The forecast is predicting an overcast day today and then the snow reurning tomorrow but looking out the window it looks as if it could start snowing this afternoon.
Tonight there is a free 'cultural evening' in Hiroba restaurant in town so jump on the free shuttle bus and head down there for 7pm. Read more ...
Sunday 28th January 2007, 8:59am
There was no new snowfall overnight. During the day yesterday we received a small amount of 1-2cms.
Currently it is overcast in the village with little wind. At the peak it is snowing lightly with a light wind. During the day the sun should make an appearance at some stage. Otherwise it will remain mostly cloudy with reasonable visibility on the mountain.
Tomorrow is forecast for only light snow showers through the day. Looking at the precipitation charts things are going to get interesting around Wednesday and Thursday with heavier snowfalls expected. Read more ...
Sunday 28th January 2007, 9:05am
Broken to scattered cloud
This morning we woke to a fluffy silence. Not even the crash of a falling snow flake to mar the quiet. There was 25 cm of new snow (in 24 hours). Add that to the previous day's 17 cm. The driving in town is good (the plows have been busy) but a tad slick as could be expected with the temperatures wandering above and below 0C yesterday. Skiing in the upper areas of the lift serviced terrain was pretty good yesterday afternoon. Foot penetration of 70 cm have been reported. Although not the lightest snow (70 kg/cubic metre) there was no wind effect to speak of so there was a pleasant consistance in the untracked snow. The snow fall ceased late yesterday afternoon and it is settling quickly.
The forecast is for overcast skies today. But as I write this the sun is breaking through holes in the cloud cover and I can see up to the Happo One Lift Company terrain to the Virgin Cafe at 1,680 m a.s.l. There is fairly good visibility. ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
The Hira Kawa Snow Study Plot (830m a.s.l.) 0700 hr. reading is:
Sky: Broken clouds (50% or more but less than 100% cloud cover) Temperature: Present: -3.0 C Maximum: -0.5 C Minimum: -3.5 C Wind: Calm Winds aloft: Appear calm Precipitation: Nil Barometer and trend: 920 hPa and steady Height of new snow in 24 hours (HN24): 25 cm Total depth of snowpack (HS): 97 cm Foot penetration: 45 cm Surface: New snow, size 1.5 mm Density of surface snow: 75 kg/cubic metre
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Hazard: Above Tree Line: High
At Tree Line: High
Below Tree Line: Considerable
N.B. Yesterday afternoon trained "avalanche observers" heard the sound of larger avalanches. The buried surface hoar is now even more deeply buried. Historically light to moderate skiing of terrain has proved to have little to moderate effect on controlling a buried surface hoar instability.
Travel Advisory: Yesterday another 25 cm snow accumulated in the valley (and more up high). With settlement there is approximately 33 cm of storm snow (height of storm snow: HST). This is compared with the two days' accumulated HN24 of 42 cm. With the FP (foot penetration) of 45 and more there is obviously lots of snow available for transportation.
The story in a nut shell is that the snow is settling quickly, there has been little significant wind, the visibility is improving, the travel will be rather difficult and there are probably pockets of buried surface hoar lurking.
There were some huge low storm clouds rolling in from Niigata yesterday morning which brought rain to the Yuzawa area, but the sun was shining in Minakami for most of the day yesterday.
The storm clouds caused a bit of havoc at Kagura yesterday with the bottom ropeway closing down for 3 hours after being struck by lightning. Everyone had to drive to the Tashiro ropeway which became very crowded.
Today the sun is shining in Minakami once again but it is expected to cloud over around lunch time. There may be some light snow falling tonight and tomorrow night with more snow expected later in the week.
A mixed day snow wise on the mountain yesterday; some runs were good well into the afternoon while others were quite hard packed by midday. Another 5cm however fell on the mountain last night so they should all be slightly better today. Yamabiko currently has 180cm and there is 140cm at Uenotaira. Yesterday also the mountain was very crowded but today there are very few people on the slopes. At present the visibility is very good so in all should be a great day on the mountain. Temperatures are between –5C and -9C at the top and –3C in the village. The outlook is for the weather to vary between very light snow and cloudy to fine and clear until Tuesday evening when the weather should begin to set in again. Read more ...
Sunday 28th January 2007, 10:14am
Sun, blue skies
Yesterday afternoon there was snow up high and some new snow to play in, with rain falling lower down at town level.
Those clouds have cleared up now and although the forecast is for cloud it is actually a fine and sunny morning once again with blue skies for the most part. So looks like another of those days to be out on the slopes and get some sun - remember the sunscreen.
Gala Yuzawa are once more closed today with their website stating that forecast stronger winds this afternoon are the reason.
While it doesn't look like it will get that cold tomorrow, there is snow/sleet forecast for tomorrow.
It was a fine day all day, becoming gradually more cloudy in the afternoon. Some of the slopes were looking quite busy as well, as you might expect for a peak season weekend.
It may only be late January, but it was very much like a spring day today - both in terms of the weather and snow conditions. Higher up at places like Kagura the snow is generally holding out fairly well, but lower slopes at town level are once more getting in real need of a topup of fresh snow.
There is hope that we will get that snowfall tomorrow, with snow forecast from the morning through until the evening. After that in the longer term forecast there is snow forecast from Thursday to Sunday. So lets hope that the forecast is right this time and the weather cooperates - we really do very much want to bring you exciting news of huge dumps....
Just a general comment about the season so far. There have recently been numerous stories on the local news about the surprisingly mild winter that we have been experiencing this season - and how some ski resorts in other regions of Niigata have not yet been able to open at all this season, and the implications that the current situation will have on the length of the season. We are probably usually spoilt with the huge amounts of snow in an average year here (and we certainly where with the huge snowfalls we got last year). And compared to some destinations, the conditions are still decent - but we certainly do not have anywhere near the 'normal' amount of snow that we are used to. (That applies not just to Yuzawa but many other snowy regions of Japan this season). Everyone is trying to be positive and hold out for some decent and regular snowfall in February.
We got some more snow yesterday but the snow clouds have packed up and moved on overnight and the sun is with us again this morning. It is another fine day, one where the sunscreen is needed. Temperatures started off low and it was cold last night it is warming up a bit as the morning progresses.
Nighta this evening at: Ichinose Family Ichinose Diamond Yakebitaiyama
There are a few more fine days lined up, with the next snowfall looking likely around Wednesday. Read more ...
Sunday 28th January 2007, 11:31am
Blue sky with a touch of cloud
A pleasant start to the morning with the sun streaming through the windows. It's a frosty -5 in the village with a few clouds dotted around the sky... There's a good clump of cloud obscuring the top lift of Naeba, which will likely shift within a couple of hours - but hey, who knows? these are the mountains - it could get cloudy all over today.. !
Most of yesterdays mornings snow has been spent by the weekend revelers - good on them, those who make the effort shalt be rewarded. Yesterdays snow was quite heavy in the morning, but these conditions didn't last so long as we had a beautiful blue sky for the rest of the day... with people supping on their import lagers and glasses of wine in the sun again. Which brings me over to this Sunday afternoon - Sunny? - Beers on the deck? Let's wait and see....