Naeba Now daily snow and weather - latest report

Naeba Now

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Yuzawa & Minamiuonuma region, Japan
LATEST REPORT: Posted at 8:18am on Tuesday 28th January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Base temp:

Top temp:
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
Moderate southerly
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This report
Tuesday 28th January 2020, 8:18am
Monday 27th January 2020, 8:50am 0cm
Sunday 26th January 2020, 8:20am 0cm
Saturday 25th January 2020, 8:09am 0cm
Friday 24th January 2020, 8:06am 0cm
Thursday 23rd January 2020, 8:24am 0cm
Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 8:37am 9cm
Last 7 reports (total): 13cm
Last 14 reports (total): 50cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 114cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 191cm

Mixed up, is what people are calling the weather at the moment.

It may be raining down in Yuzawa but here in Naeba we have been lucky to get a bunch of cm of fresh snowfall on the ground at base.

And while wind is affecting some resorts (Kagura, GALA Yuzawa and Yuzawa Kogen are closed for the day), Naeba is open.... albeit with just three lifts, so we are limited to lower areas.

Milder conditions are actually forecast for today and tomorrow but there's good snow potential from later in the week.


Official snow depth:

- 70cm

Planned operating lifts:

- Number 4 romance pair lift
- Number 4 high speed lift
- Number 5 high speed lift


A message from SnowJapan

This general message is being posted on all our daily reports.
It is not specific to one report or region.

What’s going on?

Here we are, closing in on the end of January. Normally we would be out playing in deep, fresh snow, watching the incredible snowfall, taking pictures of the huge snow walls along the roads (while the locals moan about having to shovel snow).

It is peak season, and lots of visitors are here enjoying themselves.

But we can't say it's a normal year almost anywhere in Japan. Even where the snow is falling, it’s way below what people have come to expect in Japan - even those who have been here all their lives. Take a look at our reports on the daily snowfalls and total depths and look at the links to individual ski areas.

Covering the winter season in our daily reports is normally a real joy. It’s a lot of fun to share all the amazingly deep snowfalls. And then, of course, going out to sample it ourselves!

So for us, too, many mornings this season have been something of a shock. We don't want to use words like "rain," "unseasonably warm," or "really shallow snowpack," but we're here to give you honest information. And those words, unfortunately, describe what we're seeing too often.

SnowJapan is not here to sell Japan as a destination, or to promote any one area over another. We are not a ski resort or a tourism association – we are 100-percent independent. Our commitment is to provide you with the most honest and accurate information we can, with the voices of our local reporters. We gather official information from the ski areas but also provide commentary and an inside view of what is really out there for you.

In this year of low (and still, sadly, no snow in some places), reporting is tougher than usual. We do not want to be negative or take away from the fun, because we know you are out on the slopes and there still is good skiing. We just try to keep a sense of balance, and sometimes that means commenting on the weather, or on overly enthusiastic snow depths being reported by resorts, or on developments in their local areas.

Our reporters are human, of course. We know that they bring good data to our pages but also interesting, even opinionated comments, and usually with a good sense of humour. They are all people who want to be with you out on the slopes, after all! Many of you have written in to tell us that you appreciate our reports, and the honesty we bring - and we thank you for this.

In fact, SnowJapan has seen a significant increase in traffic to our site this year. We believe a main reason is because people are looking for good information they can trust, and here is where they can find it. While that is positive news for the website itself, we would happily trade in some of it for heavy snow if we possibly could...

We do care very much about the Japan snow world, about the resorts and towns, and of course our readers, the most important reason why we do this work. SnowJapan has been here for over 20 years. This site has been developed with a lot of love, care and effort. I believe we can honestly say that we have played a major part in introducing the world to winter sports in Japan, and we are proud to have been recognized for this by the Japanese ski industry.

As we enter February, our hope is that the rest of the season will see more of what should be normal - heavy snow across the country - and that this year will go down as the exception to be looked back on and remembered.

Whatever happens, though, you can trust SnowJapan to report the real conditions to you. Not negative, but not sugar-coated. The truth, with a touch of original and hopefully interesting commentary.

Thanks, as always, for joining us on the site and reading our content.

If you do enjoy using our site, please do let others know about us. That does help us keep on doing what we are doing. And if you wish to contact us, you can do so using this contact form.

Now, let’s get out in the snow!

Naeba Now ski lift operation notes:

Three lifts operating this morning due to winds

Monday 27th January 2020
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(updated Tuesday 28th January 2020)
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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Naeba Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Naeba Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 28th January 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Naeba Now reports up until Tuesday 28th January 2020
(View more analysis here)
Naeba Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 28th January 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Naeba Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View more analysis here)
*as of Tuesday 28th January 2020
28th January 4cm 34cm 10cm
27th January 0cm - 13cm
26th January 0cm 14cm 17cm
25th January 0cm 14cm 32cm
24th January 0cm 24cm 19cm
23rd January 0cm 6cm 16cm
22nd January 9cm 35cm 8cm
Previous 7 days total 13cm 150cm 115cm
Previous 14 days total 50cm 216cm 115cm
November observed snowfall total 19cm 1cm 46cm
December observed snowfall total 58cm 223cm 400cm
January observed snowfall total 114cm 399cm 307cm
February observed snowfall total - 111cm 143cm
March observed snowfall total - 65cm 18cm
April observed snowfall total - - 2cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 191cm 799cm 916cm
Naeba Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 28th January 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Naeba Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2019/2020 season - 19cm
- - - -
2018/2019 season - 1cm
- -
2017/2018 season - 46cm
2016/2017 season - 17cm
2015/2016 season - 0cm
2014/2015 season - - - 10cm
2013/2014 season - 0cm
- - - - - -
2012/2013 season 0cm
  October November December January February March April May
Naeba Now reports before Tuesday 28th January 2020
Naeba Now reports from the same period last season
Naeba Now archived reporting
View previous reports posted to Naeba Now by clicking on the month