Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 24th February 2020
Thursday 28th December 2006, 8:19am
Yesterday the rain turned to snow by 11am and it continued to snow through to 10pm. We received about 5cm but it will have compacted a lot because it was pretty heavy snow. It is gradually cooling down again but still not as cold as we would like it.
The weekly forecast shows it getting colder each day this week and snow every day.
What a beautiful morning - blue skies and sun! Oh and the character in the next line illustrates how much snow we got overnight!
It's to scale 1:1. It was seen on the gelande before 8:00am. So much for our snow. Where is it?
Last nights starry skies brought on thoughts of 'oh that's how it's going to get cold', which it did. Giving us -4 temperatures at the village. Snow machines are pelting out artificial snow everywhere and staff are doing their best to scrape overnights little creations into some kind of gelande.
OK, so if "Please Snow!" doesn't work.... right, where's that passport of mine, I'm off to Jamaica.
The good news is that the snow really is coming tonight - and hopefully continue through tomorrow and into the weekend.
Its snowing at 900 metres now. Reports coming back from Kagura are 200 people waiting to buy lift tickets down at the Mitsumata car park this morning while the season pass holder trotted on by...
Top of the quad at Kagura - Snowing heavily, bad visibility, snow sticky, starting to get soft at 10:00 am - so a little warm up there. Lots of grass.
Temperature has gone up to 0 degrees at the village... and whilst I write this the snow is really start to hammer down... looking like peices of polystyrene...
With half the nation poised to cancel their New Year snow trips today - it looks like they will go to the ball after all!
After a hard day of precipitation yesterday some snow was lost in the village. The Top of the mountain is still in good shape and over the next few days should get better with the forcast of light snow.
Todays weather is slightly cloudy round the top of the mountain and pretty clear in the village. Read more ...
Thursday 28th December 2006, 8:48am
Cloud, some sun
After the wild rain and winds of yesterday, the resorts that were open were left in a bit of a state. Things look like they might be getting much better very soon though...
It's a partly cloudy start to the day with the sun making an appearance at the moment as well. The forecast is telling us to expect the temperatures to drop later today and for snow from this afternoon and right through all tomorrow and hopefully more over the weekend. Some parts of the Japan Sea region can expect up to 60cm of snow by tomorrow morning -- please note that this is not a pinpoint Yuzawa forecast, but we really hope it happens!
We'll post a further update tonight with the latest. Read more ...
Thursday 28th December 2006, 9:02am
light layer of cirrus cloud but mostly blue sky
The galeforce winds of yesterday have disappeared and left a beautiful blue sky this morning. There is a faint hint of some cirrus clouds which is probabably the start of the oncommming snow that is forecast for this evening. It looks the the snow will hit late afternoon and continue through to late Friday evening.
The holiday weekend looks like it will bring sunny weather but there may be some strong winds on Friday, so may be a good idea to keep away from ski areas that rely on ropeways or gondolas for access, as they may have a good chance of closing due to winds. Saturday the winds should calm down and it looks like it will be a clear sunny day in Minakami.
All of Minakami's ski remaining unopened areas are still optimistic about opening on Saturday, let's hope the snow from tonight is a good one.
About 10cm of snow fell yesterday and there has been a further sprinkling of snow overnight and light snow falling in parts early on this morning. The sun and just cloud in other parts of the region - it looks to be quite changeable weather conditions at the moment.
However, the forecast is for decent snowfall later in the day and through the weekend, which will hopefully top everywhere up and let all the resorts open up. So we're hoping to bring you good news tomorrow morning... Read more ...
Thursday 28th December 2006, 9:17am
Sky:Overcast Snowing 2cm/h
Yes it is finaly snowing again down to the valley in Hakuba and looks as though it will continue through the week.
In the past 24 hours the Hira Kawa weather station (at 830 m a.s.l., 36 deg. 41 min. 13 sec. N. Lat., 137 deg. 49 min. 29 sec. E. Long.) recorded at 0700 hrs.: Sky: Obscured (i.e. no cloud form observable/in the cloud) Temperature: 0.3 Centigrade Wind:Calm Precipitation: Snowing one cm/hr. with some graupel Barometric Pressure: 907 hPa, low and steady
Hazard: Below Tree Line (BTL) the snow pack is generally below threshold (enough snow to cover surface features so that the snow can move) for snow coverage, but where it is the hazard is generally still moderate i.e. avalanches can be triggered in isolated terrain featrures. Most of the recent precipitation below 1,500 m a.s.l. was in the form of rain.
At Tree Line (TL) there is generally above threshold snow coverage. With the rapid loading of new snow and high winds of yesterday and last night the hazard is in the "Considerable" region meaning that natural avalanches are possible, and human triggered avalanches are probable.
Above Tree Line (ATL) the hazard should be considered as "High", i.e. natural and human triggered avalanches are likely. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 28th December 2006, 10:28am
Overcast, rainy. Light snow on the mountain.
A similer start to the day in Nozawa: Overcast. The lifts were shut down yesterday due to high winds. It’s lightly raining in the village and there are clouds covering the mountain. Light rain fell most of the day yesterday, and temperatures were still quite warm, so the base at Yamabiko is now 60cm, while remaining the same at Uenotaira with 40cm. Snow is now falling consistently if lightly on the mountain at present and will help restore some of the snow lost in the last few days. Temperatures now stand at 0C at Yamabiko and –2C at Uenotaira, while the village is between +4C and +6C.
The forecast is for temperatures to drop and snow to fall from now until at least Saturday afternoon. Strong winds will also persist. Read more ...