Wind and Snow Today

by Mark on January 19, 2015

First light on Kijimadaira.

First light on Kijimadaira.

Base up top: 370 cm    Temp Top; -6 Degrees

Base at bottom; 245 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Overcast

We expect some snowfalls in Nozawa Onsen today but as of 7am they were not as yet on the radar. This is often the case with predicted weather events; they are usually delayed by about 4-6 hours behind forecasted timings. Nevertheless, snow should fall down to about 500m today, possibly around 10-15cm will accumulate. There will be strong winds about the peaks so keep this in mind when dressing for the day, and extra layer certainly wouldn’t hurt. The snow base is pushing up towards the 4m mark, expect it to be cracked by the weeks end.

Yesterday continued on this seasons tradition of great days. The snow was dry but very wind compacted for this area making for a perfect landing off one of the thousands of wind features across the hill. Stability had also improved slightly. Traffic on the groomers was low and as a result they remained smooth and mostly free of moguls all day.

Snowfalls should ease tomorrow, becoming isolated throughout the day before clearing completely by Wednesday. Prefrontal warm temperatures are forecast in combination with sun and light wind at this stage. Further ahead, the next significant snowfalls are due Thursday into Friday. Expect quite a bit of snow out of this front, the exact amounts will become clearer closer to the date.

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