Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 21st December 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:49am on Tuesday 21st December 2010
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Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Mostly cloudy
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Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
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wind condition
Light to moderate
Variable, clearing later
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Archive report: Posted at 9:49am on Tuesday 21st December 2010
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Snow continued through much of yesterday. It remained wet snow at lower elevations and in the evening it actually turned back to some light rain at times in the village. Up higher on the mountain it remained snow throughout the day and added around 10cm to the snowdepth. Overnight there was a few flurries of snow and temps went back below freezing. Up on the mountain it's pretty rock solid on lower slopes with a nasty crust off-piste. Up high the snow has remained in reasonably good condition. It is mostly cloudy this morning with some occasional light snow but it is expected to clear up later today and overnight and we can expect temps to head back down to near -10 by tomorrow morning.
Plenty of snow still expected to hit the region from Thursday onwards. By the weekend we should be back into great powder conditions.

Avalanche Information:

Moiwa base: -1 ℃. A strong westerly (15-17m / s) wind is prevailing above 1100m / s.
There is no new snowfall since last night. The snowpack is settling and is relatively stable.
The snowfall transition in the last few days was typically of Niseko's, but yesterday's warm airflow left a notable difference in the snow layers accumulation above or below 800m.
Yesterday's wet & heavy snow is now forming a crust layer in lower altitudes that will remain deep in the snowpack.
This thick crust layer may become a confusing element in the future predictions.
Due to this irregular transition in the initial snowpack formation, there might be some unusual avalanche happening in unexpected locations this season.
Please carefully watch and be conscious of the future snowfall transitions.


Archive report: Posted at 9:49am on Tuesday 21st December 2010
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All lifts operational except the top lifts around the peak.

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