Snow and weather reports posted on Thursday 23rd January 2020
Friday 7th February 2014, 7:45am
About 10cm of super-light powder on the front deck this morning; I could have used a broom instead of a shovel to clear it off. Nice.
There are no resort snow reports in yet, and I'm guessing it's pretty nice and cold (haven't switched on the car this morning, which is, of course, my finest source of local temperature). I have to head out early today, so add a few centimeters of good snow to the figures below. Otherwise, a lot is the same as yesterday; winter is back and we couldn't be happier (well, not much).
The snow continues to fall in Minakami with an extra 10cm at the valley collected overnight. The forecast is for the snow to subside around mid morning with the remainder of the day staying cold and cloudy,
Tomorrow the snow starts just after midnight and is set to continue through until Monday bringing a decent dump. As a front is moving up form the South it is likely the snow will be widespread, even falling in the Tokyo region, so be prepared for big traffic delays.
And it's another cold morning in Niseko with 15cm or so of fresh snow down here in my Hirafu village base.
I was told that it was clearer again earlier on this morning, but a bit of a late start for me today and now it is cloud and... yes, you guessed it... snowing, albeit lightly at the moment. Snow showers for the day seems to be the forecast.
Saturday tomorrow of course and we might get some sunshine and a break from the snow clouds. It will remain cold though and we should be returning to snow on Sunday. It's never that far away mid season!
It should be a good day.
Niseko Avalanche Report
Niseko base 6am: -10C, 15cm new snow crystals in last 12 hrs. Moiwa 800m: -14C,calm, cm snow, snowdrift development. Annupuri 150m: -18, calm. Hirafu 1000m: -13C, calm. Annupuri peak 1308m: -18.6C, wind WNW8.7m/s. Cape Benkei: wind NNW14m/s, Cape Kamui: wind W9m/s, wave 1.9m, pressure 1019hpa.
The winter weather pattern has calmed and isobars moved apart and snow drifts are beginning to stabilise. From observation snow is stable under 800m and avalanche risk is begiining to fall, but Kozan no sawa 1100m, Osawa 1000m and HigashiOne cornice slope the risk continues.
Peak gates are expected to open this morning, but please listen to the patrols advice before leaving. Outside the gate is not the ski area and everybody is responsible for themselves. Don't rest at the bottom of steep slopes, in gullies or on slopes under cornices. Dont traverse steep slope and trigger avalanche, there are many people on the mountain and can easily bury them below.
Around 1000m there is the possibility to trigger slab avalanche by skier stimulation on Feb 6th layer due to delayed stabilisation from the cold weather. Snow is great have a safe day.
Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:
Yesterday was another really good day out on the mountain and some fine stashes of snow to be found.
It's another cold morning here with a temperature of -10 degrees on the top area of the mountain, around -5C at base. The resort is reporting 10-20cm of fresh snow on the (lower-upper) slopes and there was a corresponding nice layer of snow to brush off the car this morning.
While it is still snowing, it's forecast to ease off and just be cloudy for most of the day today (perhaps a chance of some sun later too?), but it will remain cold.
Snow is forecast for tomorrow and probably into Sunday as well. So if you are here for the weekend come prepared for snow and cold conditions.
A week can make a big difference. It should be another great day.
It did cloud over yesterday and was snowing mid-afternoon.
This morning we have a few cm to report from around the resorts, with up to 5cm on upper slopes around the valley.
Nice blue skies this morning though quite a lot of low cloud hanging around just over the village... some classic 'lifts about the clouds' views on the Happo webcam at the moment.
As of 9am it is -7 degrees at village level and while it will warm up, just to around -3 this afternoon.
Overnight we are looking at snow, and hopefully a good amount as well.
As per our reports, while we have had deliveries of snow on upper slopes, it has been very limited down on lower areas - which means head higher for the better conditions. Fingers crossed tomorrow morning we'll be able to report some decent snowfall down on the lower slopes as well.
That would make for a great start to the weekend.
Official snow depth numbers and operations (as of 7th February 2014):
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 2cm of new snowfall at Iimori, 0cm at Toomi and 5cm up top. Upper - 280cm Toomi - 155cm Iimori - 125cm
Hakuba 47: Reporting 2cm of new snowfall at base and 5cm up top. Upper - 255cm Lower - 85cm
Madarao is reporting 15-20cm of new snowfall on the slopes and there was definitely over 10cm on the car. Yes, I'd say more like 15cm.
It is continuing to snow now and another cold morning.
We're back to really nice snow conditions again. Which is great for the weekend as well. A lot of snow is not actually forecast for today - it's supposed to clear up - but back to moderate snowfall tomorrow.
Come prepared. It should be a good weekend.
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About another 10-15cm of snow being reported by resorts around town this morning since yesterday, as of 9am this morning it is snowing slightly in Yuzawa while I brushed that new layer of snow off the bonnet of the car. We are told to expect the snow to stop and leave us with a mostly just cloudy day. It is -5C at 9am so it's keeping cold.
We're expecting it to not be quite as cold tomorrow - but snow is forecast for the day and perhaps Sunday too.
With the refreshes of the last few days, conditions have taken a bit swing for the better since last weekend. A good snowfall overnight would be a great start to the weekend.
Interesting weather this morning. After some new snow overnight, it's mixed at the moment. The sun is out here in Maruike, but it is snowing lightly (soon to stop I expect). There's lots of cloud around. My guess is that it is going to continue to clear up leaving us with more sun than snow for today.
Tonight the snow clouds are forecast to move back over the region and it should be snowing for the day tomorrow perhaps into Sunday.
Official snow depth data, as of Friday 7th February 2014, 9am):