Snow and weather reports posted on Tuesday 19th March 2019
Thursday 28th January 2010, 8:17am
What a difference a day makes. Yesterday cold, clear, a bluebird day. Today rain and wind; a good day to stay in and finish that work that you've been putting off because the skiing has just been so good.... Unless, of course, you have to go out there because that's where work is today (yes, your writer is not looking forward to being out there).
Actually, it seems cold enough that the forecast for snow later in the day seems likely. That also means that people who are wet in the morning are going to be wet and cold later in the day — stay warm!
Poor conditions with strong winds, heavy cloud, rain and snow.
The Gondolas are on standby this morning with 45km/h winds. The lifts down the bottom of the mountain should be operating from 10am this morning.
Yesterday was an amazing day up on the slopes with fresh powder and perfect sunny skies. Unfortunately the trend hasn't continued today.
There has been some light rain down the bottom half of the mountain and some fresh snow up top this morning. The good news is that the freezing level should drop and by early tomorrow the snow should be falling across the mountain.
The forecast for the next couple of days is light to moderate snow with a decent fall expected next Tuesday.
Yesterday was a very fine day with blue skies all around and very clear weather. A few wispy clouds appeared later on in the day but for the most part it was clear and mild.
This morning, the roads are wet and it has been raining. It seems to be holding off at the moment but hear that it is raining just to the north in Minamiuonuma. It is cloudy all round but actually quite bright as if the sun is about to break through. At the moment though it is 4 degrees with a high of 7 forecast for the day so the chance of snow during the day is close to zero and we can expect rain. Things should get colder tomorrow though when it will hopefully turn into snow.
Let's just hope that this rain holds off for as long as possible.
There's a few strange things going on with the official snow depths today with some actually increasing... it must be "catch up" as there certainly wasn't any new snow yesterday and overnight!
After the bright sunny day that was yesterday, this morning we have what some people are calling rain, others are calling sleet and others are calling snow. Right now, here in Maruike, I'd call it wet sleet. Not the most welcome of weather of course in winter but with the mild temperatures this morning it might be too much to ask for powder snow. Higher regions are saying that it is snowing this morning so that is a good sign - if only these temperatures could keep low today.
The good news though is that snow is forecast for tomorrow with lower temperatures so things will hopefully be back to being more winter-like.
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort areas:
- Ichinose Family - Ichinose Diamond
Official resort snow depths as of 28th January 10:
The snow early yesterday was short lived and for most of the day is was fine with even a few sunny breaks. Temperatures were mild and the snow on the lower parts of the mountain turned quite wet and heavy. Overnight there was no snow but this morning snow is falling again but it is still mild and it is still a little wet at lower levels. Later today though colder air will start moving in and temps will drop close to -10 tonight. Conditions today will not be great but with top gates opening and all lifts operational I'd be heading high where the snow will have been less affected by the milder temps.
From tonight onwards we should get back into a more normal winter weather pattern with cold temps and snow for around the next couple of weeks. So look forward to conditions improving rapidly over the next couple of days.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 260 Bottom - 150
Niseko Village: Top - 330 Bottom - 190
Annupuri: Top - 285 Bottom - 190
Niseko Avalanche Info No.44
Moiwa base 6am: 0℃, no new snowfall, cloudy. Coastal data: W13m/s at Benkei cape, W17m/s, 1.4m waves and 999hp at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak wind: S8.5m/s at 6am, predicted to pick up to W15m/s at noon. According to data analysis and observation, the general avalanche risk is relatively low today. Cracks are forming in steep terrain and are hardly visible from above. 10cm wind-slabs are present in Higashi-one’s steep slopes. Be careful. Peak gates will open at 9:30. Precise reasoning and correct judgment is required from everybody stepping out of bounds. Think again of the potential risks before your descent. Appropriate observation is not to cling to one aspect of the phenomenon, but to wholly watch the bigger picture. Beware of sudden weather changes.
The clouds are back this morning and it is another mild one - about +1 degrees outside in the village now and though we are currently escaping the rain that is in many regions this morning, we might not be for all day. Though the rain hopefully won't last for long and turn into snow by the end of the day. Temperatures are forecast to drop as the day moves on and we should be back to something like normal coldness tomorrow and a run of days with snow clouds back over the mountains.
The snow is a bit heavy out there at the moment so not the best of the season so far, so a fresh top up in the coming days will be most welcome.
Yesterday the sun was out in force and not a cloud in the sky during the morning. It warmed up as well and I even saw someone out there in a t-shirt snowboarding!
Clouds moved back in overnight and earlier this morning there was some very light snow falling in Kagura though right now it is just cloudy conditions. Rain is forecast lower down in Yuzawa town but hopefully if anything starts falling up here it will be snow. Indeed, the forecast is for snow later on today and then it looks like we can expect snowfall over the next few days into the weekend.
Right now it is +4 degrees in the village and all resort areas open as normal with just a slight breeze.
Today the day started with a heavy downfall of grainy snow, which by mid-morning will turn to rain. The forecast is predicting that the rain will continue throughout the day, making conditions on the slopes slushy. The rain will be adding to the 10cm of fresh snow on the slopes, sadly making the day very wet and cold.
On the slopes you can expect a mixture of powder, chopped powder, slush and compacted powder. Temperatures will be getting much higher today with a max of 5 degrees, tomorrow we will see a drop in temperature again, causing the rain today to freeze and causing instability within the snow pack.
The wind is quite high this morning, but will be calming down later in the day, with moderate winds throughout the weekend. On Sunday we can look forward to another clear and sunny day.
Well there were alot of grins on faces of people who got into the powder yesterday. Plenty of people were claiming they skied the best snow of their life. I won't argue with that as I was out in it myself.
This morning we woke up to see gigantic snow flakes coming out of the sky, but this time it stopped snowing quite early, so accumlation of new snow is around 4cm today. Today's snow in the village was relatively wet, so it will be a little heavier than usual out on the mountain. Temperatures are warm and I have seen people removing layers and sweating. Not exactly what you would expect in Furano in late January.
I had a question from a reader come to me yesterday wondering why the snow depth has remained at 155cm when a substantial amount of fresh snow keeps getting reported. This is indeed a good question so let me provide some insight into this matter for all Furano Now readers. I do not measure the "snow depth" figure - this information is recieved from the resort and it is the snow depth at the top of the mountain (how often this gets measured/updated is unknown). So it is the official snow depth number that is provided by the resort themselves.
The "new snowfall" number is measured personally by myself each day. This is measured in the upper area of the Kitanomine Village. On field the new snowfall may be the same as the village measurement, but often it is a lot more.
Now there are a couple things to bear in mind here. The snow that falls in Furano is amazingly light and almost devoid of moisture. When we get a fresh fall of say 20cm and you stand on it, your foot goes straight down to the base below it (essentially you have just stood on white coloured air). So often we will be experience a week of big snow falls but the effect of this on the build up of the base is neglible.
To sum all of this up - the base depth figure is a reported figure and that is all. You need to be looking at the new snowfall statistics to know what is going on in snow terms - as that is an observed figure, and that is what the Now reports are all about.
A very interesting day for weather. The forecast was always pretty bleak and unfortunately it delivered. Warm temperatures, grey skies, and on & off drizzle.
The snow has become very heavy and sticky which makes the going very stop/start.
Hopefully though this is just the start of the precipitation that should take us through the weekend, and with temperatures due to drop this evening and stay low for the next few days, we have high hopes (fingers crossed).