Snow Report 26 January 2013 - Japan


Greetings from a very snowy Akakura Onsen village where it has been dumping all day!

Myoko 21 January
What a mixed bag it has been this week. But what a brilliant end to the week - heavy snowstorms across Japan! Yes!

It started off mild and sunny on Monday, turning snowy on Tuesday, but staying unseasonably warm. On Thursday afternoon, snow arrived in Myokokogen, Hakuba, and on Friday morning in the Yuzawa area. Since then, it has continued ...


At Hakuba the snow arrived early on Tuesday morning (5-10 cms) but this was mostly heavy, wet snow. It stopped early too, with fine weather for Wednesday through to Thursday. Then snow fell overnight (20-40 cms) and into Saturday.

Happo One - 240/140cms


Myokokogen was stunning on Monday in the sunshine.

Myoko Suginohara 24 January
Later that day the high cloud rolled in and overnight warm temperatures saw rain to start on Tuesday. This - fortunately - quickly turned to sleet, then snow.

By Tuesday afternoon the snow became more persistent, and it continued overnight for about 20cms accumulation.

It was fine early on Wednesday and that made it fun to ride the fresh snow.

On Thursday it was ridiculously warm for midwinter - up to 3c at the base - and the snow on the lower slopes got a spring feel.

Late on Thursday afternoon it began to snow up high and by the evening it was dumping to village level -  for 10-30cms by the morning.

It snowed all through Friday, but became light by evening. On Saturday morning it was puking, another 20-30 cms, which was doubled during the day. It continues to dump at Myokokogen and the tracks are being filled in each night!

Akakura Kanko - 250cms
Seki Onsen - 450cms

Myoko Akakura Kanko 26 January

A similar story around Yuzawa with rain or sleet much of Tuesday, with only Kagura escaping due to its altitude.

Sunny through until Thursday, then on Friday the snow arrived. About 10-20cms overnight into Saturday.

Naeba/Kagura -  210cms/350cms
Gala Yuzawa - 290cms

Elsewhere ...
Nozawa Onsen - 315/140cms
Dynaland - 200cms

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