Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 26th May 2019
Saturday 14th February 2009, 9:09am
Pouring rain and thunder overnight, rivers raging brown frothy water, 6 degrees at the top of Goryu this morning, Japanese weather reporters saying the Spring storms and sand from China are on their way (even earlier than last year)...read it and weep kids.
That's it, that's all. Lets hope tomorrow brings something different!
Strange. I woke this morning and seriously thought a bunch of little people had come in the middle of the night and switched everything back to England. I even thought I saw a supermarket shopping bag blow down the road. Wet and windy this morning, very British.
The rain descended on us last night and of course it's still with us this morning and surprisingly there was still a fair amount of cars trundling down the main street as I pick axed my eye lids open whilst lying in bed earlier.
The main Neaba hill is not to be seen from the town either, I guess she's hiding from disgrace as she likely had a lot of her coverings stripped during the last 12 hours. Still things look to brighten up this afternoon. Read more ...
Saturday 14th February 2009, 9:41am
Cloud, fog, rain
Happily rain held off until late yesterday but it has been raining overnight and is raining now in Yuzawa. It isn't raining as heavily as perhaps we were expecting and it looks like it might clear up this afternoon, so hopefully that will happen.
Some fairly strong winds seem to have been blowing about overnight too and earlier on, and this is affecting some lifts up at Naeba (just the No2 gondola open right now with the others waiting on weather) and Kagura where the top lift isn't open yet. Again if things clear up expect that to be moving as soon as possible. It looks very foggy up at Kagura this morning and they are reporting a temperature of 8 degrees (which is actually higher than the town curiously)!
Of course, with this rain the slopes will have taken a hit and won't be looking their best today.
Tomorrow looks like fine weather and then hopefully.... please.... a good chance of some snow from Monday for a number of days.
Nighta tonight is at the following resorts in Yuzawa: Naeba Yuzawa Park Yuzawa Nakazato Iwappara
In Minamiuonuma just to the north, nighta at: Ishiuchi Maruyama Centleisure Maiko Joetsu Kokusai
This must be the warmest morning of 2009. It is already 7 degrees!
Yokoteyama, confident as they were that it would be snowing there, are sadly having to report that even up there it was raining last night. It's just too warm, I'm afraid.
This morning, the good news is that the rain has stopped for now, but there is a lot of fog and low cloud around with low visibility and temperatures above zero all round. We need to stick out today and look longingly towards perhaps tomorrow night when snow should be back with us. Actually the forecast is implying that we might see some decent snowfall....
The following resort plans to be open for nighta tonight: Sun Valley Maruike Mammoth Ichinose Family Ichinose Diamond Yakebitaiyama
Official resort snow depths as of 14th February 09:
5 deg C and rain in Minakami this morning. Some heavy rain fell in the early hours of the morning to high levels causing melting of snow. The forecast is for the rain to stop around midday with cloudy weather expected in the afternoon.
Tomorrow looks like a sunny day with warm temperatures. It looks like Spring already in Japan!
Luckily colder temperatures and snow forecast from Monday onwards, so fingers crossed for a big week of snow next week. Read more ...
Saturday 14th February 2009, 10:34am
Lots of new snow, but warm temps and R@!N!!!!! (That's rain, for those not familiar with my code word. I avoid typing it when at all possible...bad karma.)
It's hard to say how much snow has actually fallen, as it was very windy last night, so some places have drifts up to 50 cm, next to areas that are essentially bare. Here in Furano, we would say "a fair bit" of snow came down. I'll call it 20 cm+, and resume shoveling.
The awful news is that is indeed quite warm, with high temps up to +5 C today. It's already raining, the snow is very heavy. It may still be below freezing on top, so the top part of the mountain may have some fun powder, but the bottom definitely does not.
The next part of the awful news is that due to a windy morning, all lifts except one were temporarily closed. The Ropeway is now open, but the Gondola is still closed. But the only reason to ski in the rain is if you're desperate. Just go to the onsen, read a book, watch a movie, or take a nap.
It will cool back down tonight, and more snow is forecast to fall through Monday. So things might improve.
Think Snow. Think Powder. Think a bit colder temps. Read more ...
Saturday 14th February 2009, 11:20am
Cloudy with light rain showers
The system started moving through yesterday afternoon and at first ahead of the warm front the precipitation was a reasonable amount of wet snow. After about 9pm though the temp jumped up after the passage of the front and the rain started. Overall though the rain has not been that heavy but temperatures have remained very mild and it's currently up around 5 degrees at the base of the mountain. The effect on the snowpack so far has been minimal with only a 5cm drop in depth even down in Kutchan. In fact up higher on the mountain where the precipitation has remained mostly snow there's been a little increase. In the next few hours the winds should turn around more northerly and the temp will start to drop and get well below freezing tonight with snowfalls. Very strong winds accompanied this system today only a few lower lifts are currently able to operate. So overall it's been a bit of a relief to get through the storm relatively unscathed when you consider how much rain had been forecast by Snow-forecast.com. For the remainder of the week the low will slowly move NE and maintain cold and snowy weather over the region.
It is cloudy and foggy in Nozawa today. There is very poor visibility on the middle and upper slopes and the snow is severely rain affected. A warm drizzly day yesterday was followed by heavy rain overnight. 25cm of base has been washed away on Yamabiko and 30cm has been lost on Uenodaira. It is currently 6 degrees at village level and 2 degrees up the top, where there is a northwesterly wind of around 40km/h.
Rain is forecast for most of the mountain today, with some light snow possibly falling at the top. The freezing level will begin to drop from tonight with snow forecast from Monday right down to village level.
Not great conditions for snow enthusiasts nor for the Iiyama snow and igloo festival on this weekend and the Nozawa Onsen snowman festival. Lets hope next week will bring some more wintery weather to repair some of the damage.
All lifts are expected to operate today except Yamabiko quad 1 and 2
All courses will be open except Mukoubayashi, Kurokura, Hachiman, and Yamabiko A, B, C, D, and E. Read more ...
Saturday 14th February 2009, 12:28pm
Heavy fog today as the warm front gives way to the winter front this evening. No precipitation tonight, which means despite the cold, the snow may not be here until Sunday night. Read more ...