Snow and weather reports posted on Monday 6th May 2019
Friday 6th March 2009, 9:24am
Partly overcast, clearing up to pure sun.
Welcome to March! Spring Skiing is now in session.
Overcast a bit this morning, but clearing up for the majority of the day, and the forecast calling for blue skies.
A bit breezy today, by Furano standards, and the gondola and upper lift on the Kitanomine side are temporarily closed, however the Furano side is completely open. Temps will rise to just above freezing today. Excellent day for spring skiing, with 20+ cm forecast for tonight. Tomorrow could be good.
It's definitely raining outside and has been for awhile. Goryu reported 3 cms of fresh so we can guess we got a bit of snow on top followed by the wetter stuff that's not quite snow...no-ones been up yet to check it out but with the weather station at 2080m registering -2 degrees and Goryu measuring 0 degrees at 6 AM its safe to assume that light fluffy flakes aren't whats falling on top.
Bit of a shame as conditions on the skifield were the goods yesterday; the last snow fall could have made a difference to the BC; and this rain is forecast to continue all day...
Official resort snow depths on 6th Mar 09: Happo-one: 45cm (Shirakaba) 70cm (Sakka/Kitaone) 185cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira) Hakuba Goryu: 110cm (Iimori) 110cm (Toomi) 225cm (Alps daira) Hakuba 47: 155cm Tsugaike Kogen: 130cm (Kanenonaruoka) 130cm (Maruyama) 260cm (Tsuganomori) Hakuba Iwatake: 80cm (Shomen) 160cm (Sancho) Sun Alpina Sanosaka: 85cm Hakuba Minekata: 60cm Hakuba Highland: closed for the season
Anyone who woke up in an old building this morning would have heard the rain on the roof. It hasn't been raining for long but raining it is and so expect a good soaking if you venture out on to the slopes today. Things look to cool down a bit later and bring us some snow. So it looks like a day for onsen and hot chocolate with marshmallows.
All gondolas are closed this morning due to high winds, the top quad at Kagura also closed. Read more ...
Friday 6th March 2009, 10:07am
Overcast with rain
Rain in Minakami today. Not very inspirational! It looks like the rain will continue until early evening and then give way to a cloudy night.
The outlook for the weekend is for cloud on both Saturday and Sunday with a high probability of strong winds on Saturday, so stay away from ski areas which are prone to wind closure (Gala, Naeba, Kagura, Tenjin). Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Friday 6th March 2009, 10:28am
An overcast start to the day this morning in Nozawa. Light rain has been falling since early this morning. There is a strong South-easterly wind blowing. The base depths are 230cm on Yamabiko and 170cm at Uenotaira. Temperatures are warm. Currently it is 2C at the summit and 5C in the village.
More rain is expected today and throughout the evening but snow will begin to fall early tomorrow morning as the freezing level drops. All lifts will operate except Challenge, Utopia, Mizunashi and Yunomine.
All courses are open except Challenge 39, Kurokura and Hachiman.
Couldn't have asked for a lovelier day yesterday and the marvelous view of Lake Nojiri below almost took your mind off the slush under your skis and the students in racing bibs swarming the slopes. A southeast wind blew even warmer temperatures in overnight and today's conditions are fairly grim.
All lifts and gondolas in the area (Akakan, Akakura Onsen, Ikenotaira, and Suginohara) were stopped as of 9:15 due to gale winds. It was already 7º just past 9 a.m. in the Akakura Onsen area and raining. A great kind of day if you're a duck.
Some of those students, by the way, are future downhill racers, but most are on school trips and using the bibs in place of lift tickets. Schools usually arrange to pay ski areas in advance so that the lift ticket booths aren't swamped every morning. The kids will be on vacation through the rest of the ski season, lucky them.
It looks like the temperature will be dropping overnight and snow is forecast for tomorrow as a typical winter seiko totei (high pressure to the west, low to the east) trough moves into place. Snow tomorrow is a fair bet if the wind shifts to the west as forecast. Roads will likely ice up after today's rain. As of now, the forecast is for a bit of sun on Sunday, meaning the weekend won't be a total loss, and the weather folks are predicting lower temps and more snow Tuesday and Wednesday. Fingers crossed.
It's been one of the mildest winters on record. It usually doesn't snow much in Joetsu (City) anyway so there's nothing on the ground there, but even in downtown Myoko, where a meter or so ordinarily still remains at this time of year, the snow has evaporated. It must be a bit discouraging to get off the train at Myoko Kogen or Sekiyama, ordinarily a couple of the snowiest places in the Snow Country, and see nothing but bare ground, but there's still plenty of snow on the mountain. And, although you can't ski on it, snow remains in patches on Myoko until well after Golden Week.
I have to assume that, since snow depths have fallen everywhere around the Akakura area thanks to the rain, the folks at Suginohara have just forgotten to update (although their website says they updated at 8:39 a.m.).
Not the best things to report today and I think a lot of people will have been taking a nice long hot spring bath.....
It has been a bit of a wet and blustery day here today with some very strong southerly winds stopping a fair few lifts from operating. The rain hasn't help make the day much of a good skiing day either! It has also been very mild with a top temperature of 13 degrees earlier this afternoon.
Only part of Naeba was open today (in front of the hotel). All of Kagura (both Mitsumata and Tashiro) as well as GALA Yuzawa and Yuzawa Kogen have all been closed too due to the strong winds. Other lifts have been moving slower than usual at some resorts, with Iwappara closing off the top lift.
Tomorrow should be colder but still probably not cold enough to give us snow - we are more likely to have some light rain in the morning with just cloud later on. There may also be fairly strong winds again which may well affect resorts once again... we'll have to wait and see on that.
Nighta tonight is at the following resorts in Yuzawa: Naeba Iwappara
In Minamiuonuma just to the north, nighta at: Ishiuchi Maruyama Centleisure Maiko Joetsu Kokusai
Well, it has been a strange one today. Some very strong winds at times, very (almost) warm temperatures and a splashing of rain/snow. As I mentioned before it is not often in a winter when we get rain here, but it's with us once again. In some places we have been lucky to have it more sleet and even snow (it was snowing up at Okushiga this morning). The strong winds has had affected lifts at some places today. Tomorrow there is a chance of winds again, though less strong, and so we must be prepared for that to be the case again.
Hopefully after the rain we will get some snowfall tonight (think it happen folks!) with tomorrow set for mixed weather and then cloud on Sunday when hopefully those temps will have dropped back down again.
Sorry about the late report but had to go into Sapporo again today. Anyway after a beautiful bluebird day yesterday the large low pressure system approaching from the west has brought mild temperatures and plenty of snow/sleet and rain at village level. Up high it will be all snow but it has also been very windy. Basically if you went up skiing today you're either mad or truly desperate. Anyway the freezing level is expected to drop later tonight and snow should descend to all levels and continue into tomorrow. Hopefully we'll get some big falls to make up for the rain damage today.