Zao Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 5th January 2019

Zao Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:33am on Saturday 5th January 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Sleet, snow depending on area
wind condition
Light-moderate westerly
visibility condition
Limited
This report
Saturday 5th January 2019, 8:33am
0cm
Friday 4th January 2019, 9:10am 0cm
Thursday 3rd January 2019, 8:45am 0cm
Wednesday 2nd January 2019, 7:57am 2cm
Tuesday 1st January 2019, 8:56am 1cm
Monday 31st December 2018, 8:40am 4cm
Sunday 30th December 2018, 9:37am 16cm
Last 7 reports (total): 23cm
Last 14 reports (total): 108cm
Current month (January 2019) total: 3cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 228cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Saturday 5th January 2019
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Morning from Zao.

This morning the different parts of the mountain are officially giving different readings - cloud up top, snow in some areas, rain in Chuo. Right now I am seeing what can best be described as sleet/wet snow but hopefully it will be snowing mountain wide. It is certainly warmer this morning. Warm is probably the wrong word to use - mild is probably better as temperatures hover around zero at base, and perhaps it will be colder later on in the day and from tomorrow too.

It's the weekend and so pretty busy - come Monday things should be back to normal weekday kind of pace.

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Have a fun January!

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Operation info from official sources:

- All lifts operating
- All courses open

Official snow depths (as reported by resort):

- Summit area: 95cm
- Paradise area: 120cm
- Chuo area: 120cm
- Utopia area: 100cm
- Uwanodai area: 80cm
- Oomori area: 90cm

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Floodlit night skiing is planned as follows:

In the Uwanodai area:
Daily from until 3rd March 2019
Friday 8th March until Sunday 10th March 2019
Saturday 16th March 2019

In the Yokokura area:
Daily from until Sunday 6th January 2019
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday between 11th January and 10th March 2019

Night time 'light up' sightseeing ropeway is planned for the upcoming dates:

January 2019: 4th-6th, 11th-13th, 18th-20th, 25th-27th
February 2019: every day apart from every Tuesday
March 2019: 1st-3rd

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Saturday 5th January 2019
The latest Zao Now report can be found here

Zao Now ski lift operation notes:

Zao is fully open

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Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent Zao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 5th January 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Zao Now reports up until Saturday 5th January 2019
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 5th January 2019
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Zao Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2018/2019
*as of Saturday 5th January 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
5th January 0cm 17cm 25cm
4th January 0cm 4cm 2cm
3rd January 0cm 23cm 3cm
2nd January 2cm 1cm 0cm
1st January 1cm 1cm 0cm
31st December 4cm 0cm 1cm
30th December 16cm 23cm 3cm
Previous 7 days total 23cm 69cm 34cm
Previous 14 days total 108cm 135cm 50cm
November observed snowfall total 7cm 66cm 11cm
December observed snowfall total 218cm 193cm 98cm
January observed snowfall total 3cm 275cm 241cm
February observed snowfall total - 195cm 105cm
March observed snowfall total - 24cm 65cm
April observed snowfall total - 12cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 228cm 765cm 520cm
Zao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 5th January 2019
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Zao Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2018/2019 season - 7cm
[7cm]
218cm
[225cm]
3cm
[228cm]
- - - -
2017/2018 season - 66cm
[66cm]
193cm
[259cm]
275cm
[534cm]
195cm
[729cm]
24cm
[753cm]
12cm
[765cm]
0cm
[765cm]
2016/2017 season - 11cm
[11cm]
98cm
[109cm]
241cm
[350cm]
105cm
[455cm]
65cm
[520cm]
0cm
[520cm]
0cm
[520cm]
2015/2016 season - 22cm
[22cm]
96cm
[118cm]
211cm
[329cm]
83cm
[412cm]
45cm
[457cm]
3cm
[460cm]
-
2014/2015 season - 20cm
[20cm]
281cm
[301cm]
118cm
[419cm]
181cm
[600cm]
103cm
[703cm]
0cm
[703cm]
0cm
[703cm]
2013/2014 season - 12cm
[12cm]
179cm
[191cm]
111cm
[302cm]
166cm
[468cm]
107cm
[575cm]
4cm
[579cm]
0cm
[579cm]
2012/2013 season - 3cm
[3cm]
150cm
[153cm]
243cm
[396cm]
218cm
[614cm]
21cm
[635cm]
22cm
[657cm]
0cm
[657cm]
  October November December January February March April May
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Zao Now reports from the same period last season
Zao Now archived reporting
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