Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 25th January 2020
Friday 5th February 2010, 8:36am
Yesterday turned out to be a beautiful sunny day in the afternoon - blue skies, some cloud hanging on, and a fantastic sunset later in the day. And all this time it was snowing in other areas of Niigata! It was a very cold day though and was -4 degrees at 4pm.
Last night the forecast snowfall was 20cm or so, but we have had perhaps just a sprinkling earlier on but right now it is fairly cloudy but bright and even the sun making an appearance. Can we believe the forecast for today?
Well, lets give it a try.... heavy snow for tonight and tomorrow with light snow/clearing up on Sunday.
I'll post an update tonight with the latest hopefully with news of snow! Read more ...
Friday 5th February 2010, 8:57am
So we did get some more snow overnight after the snow clouds moved in later in the day yesterday. About 10cm or so I would say in the village. The clouds have been moving on though as early on the sun is out and it is a fine morning. It's keeping very cold as well and right now -8 degrees in the village.
Looks like it won't last though with heavy snow forecast before the end of the day and snow to fall tomorrow. Things might clear up somewhat by Sunday but come ready for cold and snowy conditions if you are visiting Zao this weekend.
Tomorrow night sees the 'snow and fire' event in Zao (7:30pm-8:30pm, Uenodai). With demonstrations from ski and snowboard instructors, performances and fireworks, along with the traditional festival feeling, it should be fun. With that and the Ice Monsters lightup - and of course the really good snow conditions - it is a good weekend to be in Zao.
It is a fine morning early on with some cloud in skies. Not that much to report this morning other than we are still on for heavy snow later on today and probably tomorrow too. It is still cold and will be over the weekend too.
Please note that currently the Shiga Kogen Ropeway is closed for maintenance - either use the Giant ski resort or shuttle buses to get round that area during this period.
Nighta this evening planned at the following resort areas:
- Ichinose Family
Official resort snow depths as of 5th February 10:
Hmmm. Just a sprinkling of snow at Kagura overnight and none really here in the village. Yesterday the clouds moved on for the most part and we were left with a fanstastic afternoon in the region. Today is starting with fairly similar conditions but the promised snowfall looks set to start this afternoon.
The JMA official forecast for Yuzawa has an average of 40cm and a maximum of up to 80cm forecast between now and 9am tomorrow morning. They seem pretty confident that we should see a really thick new blanket of snow overnight and also into tomorrow as well. Blizzard conditions? Maybe. But whatever, it looks likely to be very cold and snowy tomorrow with a good chance that Sunday will be clearer. Oh, and should be great snow too!
It's cold now too. -9 at Kagura, -6 degrees in the village and the top of Naeba reporting -11 degrees.
If you were up early this morning you may have seen a beautiful pink and blue sky over Mt Tokachidake across the valley. Once again we are looking at a very cold day with the temperature in the village this morning at -15deg. Apprently sales of face masks have been strong over the last few days - which does not surpirse me. The forecast is for snow today, and depending on where you get the information from it could be up to 20cm. That would certainly be a nice way to start the weekend. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Friday 5th February 2010, 9:32am
Firm packed powder, with cold conditions.
Today is going to be good day up on the mountain with OK visibility, moderate winds and firm packed powder on the runs.
There's a massive 'up to 85cm' of fresh snow forecast to fall between tonight and Sunday so here's hoping that comes true. Unfortunately this will be accompanied by 50-60km/h winds. If the winds do get this strong there is a good chance the gondolas will be put on standby, so make sure your up at the lifts early to beat the crowds.
After Monday there is a decent amount of rain expected so in that respect let's pray the weather man gets it wrong!
Yes! More snow to report here in Hakuba today! Approximately 10-15 cm of new snow fell overnight and it is still snowing hard. Nice fluffy and dry snow too so hopefully it will remain cold to keep it that way!
Conditions on the resorts today will be powder (in the AM) chopped powder and crud, though it should not be hard to find the freshies on the sides of the runs or in the trees. Do watch out for hard chunks though under the snow as the powder might have covered them over.
Snow flurries are expected to continue throughout the day and step up overnight with heavier snowfall this evening. The weekend should be ace for those of you on the weekend warrior schedule.
The snow just keeps on coming. Not massive amounts but more than enough to freshen the surface daily and continue the awesome conditions out there. Since last report we've another 30cm at least. This morning saw some particularly heavy snow falling. The only downside today is that the winds are up and the top lifts are closed along with the gondolas in Niseko Village and Annupuri. Hirafu gondola is still currently running. The snow should continue through the weekend but from Sunday a ridge of high pressure will push out over Honshu and start directing a milder airstream over Hokkaido. Temperatures will warm considerably and we can expect maximums of close to freezing at village level through the early part of next week.
Current Official Snow Depths:
Grand Hirafu: Top - 320 Bottom - 200
Niseko Village: Top - 360 Bottom - 220
Annupuri: Top - 310 Bottom - 210
Niseko Avalanche Info No.52
Moiwa base 6am: -11℃, 25cm of crystal snow over the past 12 hours. Coastal wind: W13m/s at Benkei cape, W8m/s, 1.2m waves, 1009hp at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: S8.4m/s, -18℃. Total snowfall in the past 5 days has reached 150+cm in strictly off limits “Haru no Taki”. The snow is forming a thick slab due to sun effect and hazard of a 120cm thick avalanche from Jan 31st layer is rising this morning. Surface slab slides within 30cm are also to be highly considered in 1100m areas around the cornices of Higashi-one. No notable slabs are present in the tree below 800m and the avalanche risk is moderate below tree line. Peak gates are scheduled to open at 10:00. Outside the gates is not the resort any more. Do you have your beacon switched on? Correct evaluation and judgment is required in the backcountry. Think again about all possible risks you’re taking before you step out. Have a safe day.
Very indecisive weather again today. Another cold night last night and still clear again this morning with a very light dusting down here in the valley. The fine weather has continued most of the morning with the sun out but in the last hour or so the weather has closed in a again and some very light snow has started. Not sure it will amount to much but the forecast has been promising a bit of snow all week. It is now claiming that it will snow for the rest of today and then all of tomorrow but our trust has been a little dented and it will have to earn it back. Let's hope it delivers. Read more ...
Friday 5th February 2010, 17:22pm
Snow continued to fall all through the day today, turning to heavy fall and stronger winds at the end of the day. Cold temperatures and lots of snow make for cold faces; be sure and bring a neck gaiter, fleece face cover, etc. tomorrow.
Looks like there could be considerable snowfall overnight (yeah!); the trains were stopped between Joetsu and Kurohime until 3 pm (ouch). Check with JR if you're on trains tonight or tomorrow; be ready for some lift closures if the predicted high winds come up tomorrow. But the snow is super light, and that makes up for any inconveniences nature might produce. No changes for most of the areas, but more than 20cm has fallen by the end of the day.