Today is looking quite messy across Hokkaido with a rain snow mix below 550 to 700m (depending on location) before a complete shift to snow the afternoon/evening. It was quite a difficult forecast especially in the Furano region where there are a variety of elevations for base and top. The snow that does fall will be quite wet, especially across the lower elevations. The highest slopes of Furano, Niseko, and Kiroro could really pick up some nice snowfall, with the driest quality snow falling later tonight. Tomorrow might be messy with the initial wet layer increasing the avalanche risk.
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.