Zao Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 12th April 2016

Zao Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Zao Onsen (Yamagata), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:44am on Tuesday 12th April 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Fine
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light
Very good
This report
Tuesday 12th April 2016, 7:44am
3cm
Friday 8th April 2016, 9:21am 0cm
Monday 4th April 2016, 9:22am 0cm
Sunday 3rd April 2016, 9:01am 0cm
Saturday 2nd April 2016, 8:04am 0cm
Friday 1st April 2016, 8:51am 0cm
Thursday 31st March 2016, 8:56am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 3cm
Last 14 reports (total): 6cm
Current month (April 2016) total: 3cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 460cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:44am on Tuesday 12th April 2016
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Morning from here in Zao.

And guess what... yesterday morning there was 3cm of fresh snowfall on the ground. (Note that the 3cm recorded in this report is that snowfall). We got a quick blast of winter once again!

This morning the sun is out and while it has been a cold early morning I suspect it will warm up and we'll soon be getting back to April-like conditions.

It's going to get warmer still over the next few days with some rain (heavy rain?) due around Wednesday night into Thursday.

The snow base has completely gone from around lower areas now - just limited top areas remain open.

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Information as of Tuesday 12th April 2016 (subject to change)

Official snow depths:

Utopia: 40cm
Chuo: 60cm
Paradise: 50cm
Uwanodai: -cm

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6 day Zao Onsen snow and weather forecast

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Planned closing dates of lifts at Zao Onsen (subject to change due to snow conditions)

Open daily until Thursday 5th May:
Chuo Number 1 pair lift AB
Chuo Number 2 pair lift AB (* Sat/Sun and holidays only)
Katakai triple lift (* Sat/Sun and holidays only)
Paradise pair AB lift (* Sat/Sun and holidays only)
Utopia Number 2 pair lift

Also open only on Saturdays and holidays until Thursday 5th May:
Chuo Number 2 pair lift AB
Katakai triple lift
Paradise pair AB lift

The Zao Ropeway, Sky Cable gondola and Chuo Ropeway are all open throughout the year (apart from specific maintenance periods)

Lifts not mentioned in the above list have closed for the season.

Archive report: Posted at 7:44am on Tuesday 12th April 2016
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

See main report for current info

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Japan snowfall data
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Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent Zao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 12th April 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Tuesday 12th April 2016
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 12th April 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Zao Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2015/2016
*as of Tuesday 12th April 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
12th April 3cm - -
8th April 0cm - -
4th April 0cm - -
3rd April 0cm 0cm 0cm
2nd April 0cm - -
1st April 0cm 0cm -
31st March 0cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 3cm 0cm 4cm
Previous 14 days total 6cm 15cm 26cm
November observed snowfall total 22cm 20cm 12cm
December observed snowfall total 96cm 281cm 179cm
January observed snowfall total 211cm 118cm 111cm
February observed snowfall total 83cm 181cm 166cm
March observed snowfall total 45cm 103cm 107cm
April observed snowfall total 3cm 0cm 4cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 460cm 703cm 579cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 12th April 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Zao Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
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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Zao Now reports from the same period last season
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