Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 28th May 2018

Yuzawa Now!

Saturday 3rd March 2007, 7:06am
Weather conditions: Sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
After a fairly chilly night the day has started bright and we are all set for another fine day. Just a bit of cloud in the sky, but generally there are blue skies and it looks like it is going to be sun all the way once again and it will be warm again - up to around 12 degrees according to the forecast. More of the same is forecast for tomorrow as well.   Read more ...

Shiga Kogen Now!

Saturday 3rd March 2007, 7:12am
Weather conditions: Cloud, sun
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
There is a fair bit of cloud this morning, but also some vivid blue skies early on. It was a fairly chilly night but temperatures will rise a fair bit above the 0 mark today so expect fairly mild conditions both today and tomorrow.

It is looking like the earliest we can expect the next snowfall is Monday.

Hope you have a good weekend.   Read more ...

Niseko Now!

Saturday 3rd March 2007, 8:45am
Weather conditions: Some cloud.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Yesterday was another clear day. In the village temperatures are getting above 0 degrees during the day and below at night.

Today it will start to cloud up soon and we may see some light precipitation this afternoon. With the freezing level expected to rise to around 700m today we will see light rain down low if it comes.

Tomorrow will have some periods of sun, otherwise overcast with light winds. The southerly front is expected to arrive later on Sunday night or early Monday morning. Expect poor visibility and strong winds. Unfortunately it looks like it will rain across the mountain during Monday. By Monday night the temperatures should fall enough so that we get some snow.    Read more ...

Hakuba Now!

Saturday 3rd March 2007, 9:00am
Weather conditions: Broken clouds
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --

This morning at 0700 hrs. it was 3 degrees above zero but the crust would easily bear walking on. The usual daily softening of the surface snow should take place quite a bit sooner today as compared to the recent cooler mornings. There is some form of precipitation forecast for Monday. Beware the lower elevation hazards that are emerging.

The Hira Kawa Snow Study Plot (830m a.s.l.) 0700 hr. reading is:

Sky: Scattered clouds(less than 50% cloud cover)
Temperature: Present: 3.5 C
Maximum: 13.0 C
Minimum: -4.5 C
Wind at surface: Light from the west
Winds aloft: Light to moderate from north-west (no ridge top blowing snow was observed)
Precipitation: Nil
Barometer and trend: 925 hPa and falling
Height of new snow in 24 hours (HN24): 0 cm
Total depth of snowpack (HS): 62 cm
Foot penetration: 0 cm
Surface: Melt freeze crystals, 3.0 mm
Density of surface snow: not measured
Crust: 20 cm
Cloud ceiling: above 3,000 m a.s.l.


Above tree line: Moderate

Tree line: Moderate

Below tree line: Low

N.B. As stated yesterday the hazard will increase with daily warming, especially with direct sunlight. There could be pockets of wind loaded snow that will still respond to the human trigger.

Travel Advisory:
Solar weakening of the snow around rocks and such should be treated with care. Remember that below tree line the snow pack is for the large part "isothermal" and the surface crust contributes largely to its strength ("Crust" and "Foot penetration" in the "Hira Kawa Snow Study Plot (830m a.s.l.) 0700 hr. reading"). With direct solar effect, poor overnight formation, and/or warm air this crust will break down. Rocks protruding from the snow surface (and covered boulders: the solar effect can penetrate surprisingly deep into the snow, and the shallower snow is inherently weaker) should be viewed as points of weakness rather than points of strength.

Another factor not dwelt on much in this report so far is that of cornices. Up above tree line there are some rather large cornices formed. With day-time temperatures rising these features tend to weaken and will eventually break off (also wind transport will cause them to grow beyond their structural integrity limits and then they can fail catastrophically). Aside from being unpredictable as to when they will fall, cornices tend to be heavy and structurally strong such that when they start hurtling down they don't tend to break up readily and so will sometimes travel (bouncing, yes bouncing, off the steep slope below to land way out on the flats) surprisingly far. You don't want to get hit by one of these things. Also, when they strike the slope they are exceptionally good avalanche triggers.   Read more ...

Furano Now!

Saturday 3rd March 2007, 9:25am
Weather conditions: Overcast.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Today it is overcast and a little warmer than yesterday, -9 this morning at 8am. The sky looks promising like it could start snowing soon, but the forecast is not giving snow untill tonight. There should be more snow tomorrow afternoon and then snow showers every day for the next week.
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Minakami Now!

Saturday 3rd March 2007, 9:49am
Weather conditions: Partly cloudy
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Partly overcast but warm in Minakami today with the sun shinning and no wind. Last night was mostly clear skies with low temperatures causing surface freezing but with the slopes should soften up by mid morning and by afternoon Spring snow conditions will prevail.

Tomorrow brings similar sunny weather with rain and warm teperatures forecast for Monday and Tuesday. This will inevitably bring an end to the operation of lower ski areas in the Minakami area, around 2 weeks earlier than last season!

The higher ski areas of Houdaigi, Minakami Kogen intend to operate until the end of March with Tenjindaira planning to operate until late April.   Read more ...

Naeba Now!

Saturday 3rd March 2007, 10:16am
Weather conditions: grey-blue sky
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
Oh dear, it's 10 degrees in Asagai this morning, not good. There's a lot of weekend traffic on the roads and a LOT of people around. There's over 100 wanna be pro's from Saitama area in the park this morning and a lot of wanna be profiteering snowboard test vendors - and profit they will.

Not much to report on really, warm weather, slushy conditions and no wind.

Let's hope this temperature drops sooner rather than later - as the forecast is telling us that rain/snow is on the rain for Monday.   Read more ...

Nozawa Onsen Now!

Saturday 3rd March 2007, 10:53am
Weather conditions: Some clouds.
New snowfall: --
Snow depth: --
A slightly cloudy and very warm start to the day in Nozawa. The temperature on the mountain at the moment is +2C so very bad news for the snow conditions. The bottom runs are not in very good condition already so by the end of today they will be slushy and will lose more coverage. The top has enough snow to still be good skiing by the end of the day but we will definitely need a top up over the next week. The visibility is good but the crowds are heavier today. All in all not an ideal day on the slopes.

The oulook is for more cloudy and warm weather today and tomorrow. The next snow is expected on Monday but rain will also fall.    Read more ...

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