Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 7th March 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:09am on Thursday 7th March 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
7-14m/s (Hirafu)
Fair
This report
Thursday 7th March 2013, 9:09am
0cm
Wednesday 6th March 2013, 10:19am 0cm
Tuesday 5th March 2013, 8:56am 10cm
Monday 4th March 2013, 8:53am 10cm
Sunday 3rd March 2013, 9:24am 15cm
Saturday 2nd March 2013, 9:39am 10cm
Friday 1st March 2013, 8:56am 5cm
Last 7 reports (total): 50cm
Last 14 reports (total): 122cm
Current month (March 2013) total: 50cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 1345cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:09am on Thursday 7th March 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

No new snowfall to report since yesterday from the Niseko area.

A lovely clear early morning here, but since then it has clouded over and it's becoming much greyer. Strong winds were expected again later today, but have been whipping up something more in the last hour or so. I can see the flags outside a restaurant nearby blowing about furiously right at the moment. Wind speeds up to 14m/s noted by the resorts and the top lifts at each resort area are on hold. I've said it before but strong winds have definitely been one of talking points of this season here in Niseko - apart from the often totally awesome snow conditions of course.

Resorts are posting temperatures of around -2C around base, but here in the Hirafu village area it is right now around +1C. It might well get as warm as around +5C today and there's a good chance there will be..... rain. Yes, the R word.

There's good news though as well. From tomorrow looks like we should see temperatures drop once again and be on the receiving end of another fresh delivery of snow with hopefully more also over the weekend. Might even get a decent amount.

Fingers crossed.

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 475cm
Bottom - 245cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 400cm
Bottom - 250cm

Niseko Village
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 230cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -6C, no new snowfall, clear weather. Moiwa 800m: no snowdrift development, -6C. Annupuri peak: -9.3C. Coastal data: wind SSE6m/s, 0.8m waves, pressure 1012hPa. At Annupuri peak the wind is expected to be W20m/s by 12pm. Currently Annupuri snow depth is 400cm at 1000m elevation.

Peak gate opening times are yet to be determined due to a strong westerly wind above 1000m. There has been no new snowfall overnight, however yesterday's strong wind has created snowdrifts leeward of knolls above 800m elevation. These will easily collapse with slight stimulation, please be careful. Similar conditions have caused an accident in Moiwa bowl in the past.

On steep wind slopes above 1000m a hard slab has been developing from strong wind. A fall could trigger a fracture, causing an avalanche, please take care. An avalanche will occur anytime if the conditions are right regardless of how much snowfall there has been.

The mountain is currently changing from winter to spring conditions. Temperatures will rise with the approaching low pressure this afternoon, causing some melt. The snow in the trees has not been reset, but conditions are not bad. Ducking ropes to enter prohibited areas is forbidden in Niseko. Have a safe day.

Archive report: Posted at 9:09am on Thursday 7th March 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas now open for the season. Further details in report.

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