Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 23rd January 2008

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:25am on Wednesday 23rd January 2008
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud cover with snow showers through out the day.
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
0°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
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wind condition
Light North-Westerly wind this morning, getting stronger towards the end of the day.
Changeable. With snow showers through the day the visibility will be poor at times.
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Archive report: Posted at 10:25am on Wednesday 23rd January 2008
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Cloud cover this morning which happily has brought some snow with it, the snow showers should continue throughout the day. This afternoon sadly the snow may turn to drizzle and then again to heavier snow late this afternoon/evening. So fingers crossed for the snow!

Runs today will be groomed and quite hard packed, the new snow fall that has come down this morning can be deceiving so watch out for icy patches under a thin soft top. There will be cloud cover all day and visibility will vary throughout the day.

More snow is due to fall tonight and get to its heaviest by Thursday morning. Temperatures will get to a max. of 1 or 2 and min. of 0 today with wind chill taking it down to -3. Tonight temperatures will be around -3 with wind chill about -10.

Backcountry Travel Advisory (same as at January 20th):

Recent low temperatures have not been helping to increase bonding at the interface between the January 12th rain crust and January 14th wind slab. New slab avalanches that have been observed on South and South East aspects in the alpine over the past few days are testament to the poor bonding. Winds at ridge top have been moderate North westerlies and strong enough to continue adding load to those wind slabbed lee slopes. Solar radiation on these Southern slopes is also a concern as snow around rocks, trees and steeper slopes warms up and possibly looses cohesion. Northern aspects will have less accumulated new snow on top of the January 12th rain crust and will be less likely to produce avalanches than southern slopes, but be aware that this will change rapidly with new snow fall also be aware that it will be easier to loose an edge and go for a long uncontrolled slide on top of the exposed rain crust. Clear skies, cool temperatures and calm winds over night will result in surface hoar frost to develop and possibly produce a weak layer under any new snow that may fall over the days coming.

Be very cautious in areas of wind slab, especially in larger terrain features at or above tree line. Constraining your routes to ridges and well supported slopes is the best course of action if traveling in the backcountry. If you have to travel in suspect areas use proper spacing between party members and regroup in safe areas. Be alert for tell tale signs of weak interfaces under the wind slab; Whoomphing, Shooting cracks and hollow sounds from under the hard wind slab while traveling.

Avalanche Hazard:

Alpine: Considerable
Tree Line: Considerable
Below Tree line: Moderate

Archive report: Posted at 10:25am on Wednesday 23rd January 2008
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Goryu Toomi, Hakuba 47 the Gondola, Happo-One, Tsugaike Kogen, Iwatake, Cortina, Sanosaka, Sun Alpina, open.

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