Furano Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 24th January 2018

Furano Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:56am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Bluebird
Base temp:
-13°C

Top temp:
-17°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
No Precipitation
wind condition
Calm
visibility condition
Excellent
This report
Wednesday 24th January 2018, 7:56am
20cm
Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 6:56am 0cm
Monday 22nd January 2018, 7:45am 7cm
Sunday 21st January 2018, 10:40am 12cm
Saturday 20th January 2018, 8:26am 2cm
Friday 19th January 2018, 7:39am 6cm
Thursday 18th January 2018, 7:34am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 47cm
Last 14 reports (total): 60cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 114cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 452cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:56am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
The latest Furano Now report can be found here

There haven't been too many bluebird days this season but today adds one to the total. After yesterdays severe winds left the resort mostly closed, today couldn't be more of a contrast with no wind in the village and mainly clear sky. It is cold though. Don't be deceived by the sun, put on that extra layer and turn on the boot warmers. There is 20cm of new snowfall, which will vary a lot due to the strong wind effect yesterday.

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About the volcanic eruption at Kusatsu-Shirane-san in Gunma Prefecture on 23rd January 2018

As you may have heard, yesterday morning there was a limited volcanic eruption followed by an avalanche in western Gunma Prefecture, close to the border with northern Nagano Prefecture. The eruption at Motoshirane happened close to the more famous Kusatsu-Shirane-san - and also the slopes of the Kusatsu Kokusai ski resort. Around 80 skiers were evacuated to an area near the upper area of Kusatsu-Shirane with some trapped in the gondola and on lifts for a while.

Very sadly, as a result of this event there was one fatality and a number of injuries, apparently due to flying rocks and the avalanche. As far as we can tell there have been no further eruptions since yesterday morning.

Our thoughts are with everyone involved and caught up in this.

This incident made the international news with some people visiting Japan asking if their ski resort will be safe, and so we thought we would add this information to our daily reports this morning.

The only ski resort affected by this event is Kusatsu Kokusai in Gunma Prefecture.

It is currently unclear how this will affect the top area of the resort, but it seems that the lower slopes of Kusatsu Kokusai will remain open today – those slopes are quite a distance from the affected area. (And perhaps this is a good example of how Japanese people are used to living with the threat of earthquakes and volcanos!)

The ski resorts in Shiga Kogen (Nagano) and Manza Onsen (Gunma) are the other closest ski resorts, but they are outside of the 2km restricted area -- and are unaffected.

And of course, ski resorts that are further away than that are also totally unaffected.

The central part of Kusatsu town itself is about 7km away from the volcano and so also unaffected.

We hope this information helps.

Archive report: Posted at 7:56am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
The latest Furano Now report can be found here

Furano Now ski lift operation notes:

Kitanomine Zone open.
Furano Zone open.

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Furano Now reports up until Wednesday 24th January 2018
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Furano Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Furano Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2017/2018
*as of Wednesday 24th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
24th January 20cm 0cm 2cm
23rd January 0cm 25cm 5cm
22nd January 7cm 0cm 0cm
21st January 12cm 0cm 0cm
20th January 2cm 0cm 0cm
19th January 6cm 1cm 0cm
18th January 0cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 47cm 26cm 7cm
Previous 14 days total 60cm 53cm 40cm
November observed snowfall total 125cm 110cm 77cm
December observed snowfall total 206cm 178cm 295cm
January observed snowfall total 114cm 126cm 187cm
February observed snowfall total - 132cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total - 73cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 17cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 452cm 636cm 835cm
Furano Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 24th January 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Furano 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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season 7cm
[7cm]
125cm
[132cm]
206cm
[338cm]
114cm
[452cm]
-
[452cm]
-
[452cm]
-
[452cm]
-
[452cm]
2016/2017 season - 110cm
[110cm]
178cm
[288cm]
126cm
[414cm]
132cm
[546cm]
73cm
[619cm]
17cm
[636cm]
0cm
[636cm]
2015/2016 season 15cm
[15cm]
77cm
[92cm]
295cm
[387cm]
187cm
[574cm]
178cm
[752cm]
83cm
[835cm]
0cm
[835cm]
0cm
[835cm]
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
15cm
[15cm]
123cm
[138cm]
122cm
[260cm]
58cm
[318cm]
70cm
[388cm]
2cm
[390cm]
0cm
[390cm]
2013/2014 season - 30cm
[30cm]
155cm
[185cm]
174cm
[359cm]
92cm
[451cm]
105cm
[556cm]
35cm
[591cm]
0cm
[591cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
69cm
[69cm]
162cm
[231cm]
130cm
[361cm]
152cm
[513cm]
219cm
[732cm]
19cm
[751cm]
0cm
[751cm]
  October November December January February March April May
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