Zao Now daily snow and weather - latest report

Zao Now

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Zao Onsen (Yamagata), Japan
LATEST REPORT: Posted at 9:57am on Friday 24th February 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Increasingly blue sky, some cloud
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
NW
visibility condition
Very good
This report
Friday 24th February 2017, 9:57am
1cm
Thursday 23rd February 2017, 9:42am 0cm
Tuesday 21st February 2017, 9:22am 22cm
Monday 20th February 2017, 9:20am 0cm
Sunday 19th February 2017, 9:30am 2cm
Saturday 18th February 2017, 9:48am 1cm
Friday 17th February 2017, 9:11am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 26cm
Last 14 reports (total): 50cm
Current month (February 2017) total: 102cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 452cm

After a rather wet and stormy day and evening yesterday - the evening light up operations were cancelled - early morning snow has stopped and the poor visibility is getting much better and things are clearing up nicely. There's actually quite a lot of blue sky up there now and the sun is shining down on us. Colder too this morning so I expect some rather icy slope conditions this morning.

Chance of light snowfall at times over the weekend though nothing too much and it should be keeping fairly cold.

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All lifts apart from the following appear to be operating today:

Paradise Number 3 pair
Karamatsu pair

All courses apart from Kotan should be open.

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Official snow depths (as published by the resort itself):
Summit - 145cm
Paradise - 220cm
Chuo - 220cm
Utopia - 180cm
Uwanodai - 130cm
Yokokura - 145cm

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Juhyo 'Ice Monsters' Light Up night time Zao Ropeway operations

Every day until 5th March 2017.
Operating from 5pm until 9pm; last ropeway up at 7:50pm.
Ropeway return charges are 2,600 yen for adults and 1,300 yen for children.
In the event of poor weather conditions, operations are sometimes cancelled.

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Open

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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent Zao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 24th February 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Friday 24th February 2017
(View more analysis here)
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 24th February 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Zao Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View more analysis here)
  2016/2017
*as of Friday 24th February 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
24th February 1cm 6cm 0cm
23rd February 0cm 0cm 0cm
21st February 22cm 0cm 15cm
20th February 0cm 0cm 1cm
19th February 2cm 0cm 15cm
18th February 1cm 1cm 0cm
17th February 0cm 22cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 26cm 13cm 31cm
Previous 14 days total 50cm 38cm 91cm
November observed snowfall total 11cm 22cm 20cm
December observed snowfall total 98cm 96cm 281cm
January observed snowfall total 241cm 211cm 118cm
February observed snowfall total 102cm 83cm 181cm
March observed snowfall total - 45cm 103cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 452cm 460cm 703cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 24th February 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Zao Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2016/2017 season - 11cm
[11cm]
98cm
[109cm]
241cm
[350cm]
102cm
[452cm]
- - -
2015/2016 season - 22cm
[22cm]
96cm
[118cm]
211cm
[329cm]
83cm
[412cm]
45cm
[457cm]
3cm
[460cm]
-
2014/2015 season - 20cm
[20cm]
281cm
[301cm]
118cm
[419cm]
181cm
[600cm]
103cm
[703cm]
0cm
[703cm]
0cm
[703cm]
2013/2014 season - 12cm
[12cm]
179cm
[191cm]
111cm
[302cm]
166cm
[468cm]
107cm
[575cm]
4cm
[579cm]
0cm
[579cm]
2012/2013 season - 3cm
[3cm]
150cm
[153cm]
243cm
[396cm]
218cm
[614cm]
21cm
[635cm]
22cm
[657cm]
0cm
[657cm]
  October November December January February March April May
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