Snow and weather reports posted on Friday 17th April 2020
Friday 7th May 2010, 9:37am
Yesterday was like a summers day in Yuzawa.... up to a sweltering 32 degrees! Happily the last few days of hot weather seem to be at an end as things have cooled down this morning somewhat and it looks like we will have a cloudy day, with a chance of rain later on and temperatures cooling down further.
While we should generally see fine weather over the weekend, it should stay something more like normal for the time of year with temperatures in the low 20s.
Official resort snow depths @ 6th May 10, AM: Kagura: 250cm
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Friday 7th May 2010, 10:59am
Overcast & Rain
Our long stretch of blue skies came to a close this morning. The clouds came in overnight, and although it is still warm (16 degrees down here at the moment) the rain started coming down mid-morning. It's raining up at Tenjin too which won't do it much good after 7 days of hot temperatures.
On the plus side the surrounding mountains are starting to green up and it is now the turn of the apple trees to bloom in the valley.
This morning it is mild, cloudy and very humid with tendrils of fog forming in the cool layer of air just above the remaining snow drifts around the village. The weather earlier in the week though during the Golden Week holiday period was very nice with temperatures reaching up to the high teens, the highest so far this Spring, with plenty of sunshine. Most of the snow has now melted from down on the plains with just a few drifts left here and there. The run out to the base in Hirafu is now not possible down the Alpen run but is still possible to the base of the Gondola and the cover up higher on the mountain is still extensive. The lifts are expected to open for the last time this weekend. The weather though from tomorrow is expected to be much cooler for at least the next week and there is even some snow forecast for the higher parts of the mountain during the week. It is possible in some years that we really don't start getting sustained warmer temperatures until well into June. I think most of the residents here though are hoping for some warmer weather sooner than that. After this weekend I will do one final wrap-up of the season, tallying up the total amount of snow we received and seeing how it compared to previous years.