Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 9th March 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:40am on Saturday 9th March 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-10°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
5-15m/s (Hirafu)
Generally poor
This report
Saturday 9th March 2013, 8:40am
17cm
Friday 8th March 2013, 8:30am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 52cm
Last 14 reports (total): 114cm
Current month (March 2013) total: 67cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 1362cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:40am on Saturday 9th March 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko and welcome to the start of another weekend.

It's a snowy and windy start to the day - it's one of those days when it is difficult to put a number on it because the wind has been blowing it all around. So I'm going to have to go with how much there is outside here which is about 15-20cm. Spoken to some friends around the area just now and asked them - some say less than 5cm, one said nearly 30cm. So there you go. The safest thing to say is that we have got some fresh snow to play in this morning and you'll find places where it's drifted giving some depth and others where it's covering the what we had up until yesterday. Caution needed.

So yesterday after a sunny morning and that awful sound of melting snow from around the building, it clouded over and got darker in the afternoon and wet snow started to fall. Thankfully the snow quality we see this morning is of a better quality.

It's nice and cold this morning too. Niseko Grand Hirafu is reporting a temperature or -13C at top and -10C at base. The thermometer outside here is saying -7C as of just after 8am.

What's not as nice is the strong winds howling outside we have experienced this morning.

It's still early and not all lifts are at their opening time yet but we can definitely expect some disruption this morning. Hirafu have said that their Ace Number 2 Center Four, Ace Number 3 and 4, King Number 3 and 4 lifts are on stand-by, with the lower lifts open. At Hanazono all three lifts are on stand-by. Niseko Village reported wind of up to 30m/s at 7:40am but their three lower lifts are operating. Best to check with the resorts to get the latest.

We can expect snow and wind through today and tomorrow.

Take care out there.

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 490cm
Bottom - 240cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 400cm
Bottom - 250cm

Niseko Village
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 230cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -7C, 20cm new snowfall, broken particle snow, blizzard. Moiwa 800m: blizzard, bad visibility, snowdrift growth, -12C. Annupuri peak: -16.8C. Coastal data: wind NW21m/s, 3.1m waves, pressure 1001hPa. Annupuri snow depth 1000m elevation: 400cm.

Blizzard conditions due to a strong winter weather pattern forming after the passing of the low pressure system. The avalanche risk is extreme today, regardless of elevation, due to the rapid growth of snowdrifts. From snowfall transition and observation, snowdrifts have grown 80-120cm on leeward slopes around 800m. The drifts are weakly bonded to 8th Mar layer and prone to avalanche.

Most avalanche accidents occur during a storm, however the risk continues after the wind has begun to drop. All gates will be closed. Today do not ride in the valley bottoms. Do not duck ropes and ski out of bounds. Mountain guides should make safety their highest priority while respecting Niseko Rules.

Archive report: Posted at 8:40am on Saturday 9th 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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January observed snowfall total 443cm - -
February observed snowfall total 316cm - -
March observed snowfall total 67cm - -
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