*9.5cm has fallen in the last 24 hours in Niseko. At 6:30 today the temperature was 1°C. After a wild day yesterday with strong winds and heavy rainfall turning to wet snow intermittently. During the night the rain turned to snow and the region is coated even at lower elevations. Higher up on the mountain it is safe to say there will have been some decent accumulations.
Is this the start?
We would like to say that it is going to dump well into next week and that the resort will open early but unfortunately that is very unlikely. Most of the snowfall will quickly melt at lower elevations with the predicted warm temperatures. A snow strong cold front looks set to arrive at the end of next week. The ebb and flow will continue – fingers crossed resorts throughout the area will open as scheduled.
Useful information from other places
- Accumulative snow fall to date in Niseko, 10cm
- JMA’s six hour precipitation forecast, possibly the most accurate weather map
- Snow Forecast 6 day weather summary
- Please follow the Niseko Rules.
360niseko Snow Station Readings Disclaimer
The 360niseko now has 2 snow stations for the 2017-18 in Higashiyama at 200m and 300m *The Hirafu Gondola is at 305m. Please be aware that this new reading is NOT in Hirafu village but a few kilometers down the road. There is always a deviation how and where the snow falls – the area is famous for micro climates and mini weather patterns. Some days there may be 10cm in Annupuri and 25cm in Hanazono and vice versa – some days 30cm of fresh snowfall comes down everywhere!! Altitude plays a big part as well so please don’t take the 360niseko snow readings as being definitive – the readings are what is outside our houses on the ground.