Winter returns with 30cm of fresh Siberian powder overnight

by Mark on January 23, 2017


Non stop snow clearing in Nozawa Onsen.

Non stop snow clearing in Nozawa Onsen.

Base at top: 320 cm

Temp at Top: -10 Degree

Base at Uenotaira station: 235 cm

New snow since close: 30 cm

Weather: Snow

During the early hours of this morning heavy falls of snow descended on Nozawa Onsen producing no less than 30cm of fresh powder from top to bottom across the resort. There will be some great skiing and boarding in all areas with very cold temperatures and snow showers continuing for the rest of today. Expect foggy conditions up top with improving visibility across the lower stretches of the mountain. Crowd levels will be much reduced in comparison with the last two days.

Yesterday was a fair day of skiing. There were still some fresh tracks to be had thanks to strong overnight winds filling in windblown snow on the upper elevations. Good weather and strong sunshine meant that the best skiing was had in the morning. During the afternoon the snow became heavier under increasing temperatures. Yamabiko however retained good snow throughout. The weekend crowds meant there were big lines in some areas, especially around early to mid morning.

Looking at the forecast ahead we expect snow showers to continue on and off for the rest of today and tomorrow before easing at some point on Wednesday. Cold temperatures will remain until we see the first break of sun but will never climb too high until Friday thanks to a continued NW flow. We expect sunshine all day on Thursday. Further ahead in the long range we continue to see mixed an variable weather from next weekend. Looks like we may experience our first tropical incursion in some time. Overall, the forecast will become much clearer in the coming days.

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