Our next snowstorm is currently setting up for Hokkaido with the heaviest snowfall expected late this evening, overnight, and tomorrow. Light to moderate totals of Dry or Dry/Heavy quality snow is expected; Kiroro will likely be the big winner with totals of 15 to 30 likely and the potential existing for isolated amounts in excess of 40cm by Sunday night. These locations will be the highest elevations on north facing slopes along a line from Kiroro Ski Resort westward towards the city of Yoichi and the prominent peak, Yobetsu-dake.
If you are reading from down south, say Tokyo, it is time to hit the road and head out to Hakuba! Snow has been falling in the mountains for several days, but this evening and tomorrow appears to not only be the heaviest accumulations, but also the most likely to be of a drier quality. Accumulations will likely amount to a whopping 30 to 70cm over the next 24 to 36hrs! I hope everyone is enjoying the fresh powder and stay tuned for the long range forecast!
Paul Carlone, is a meteorologist specializing in the financial, energy, and agricultural sectors. He has consulted or worked with the commodity, agricultural, aerospace, hydrological, and meteorology communities although he also now specializes in forecasting where the Japow will come rolling in.