Feels like winter for a change across Japan this week with sub-zero temperatures during the over night hours in Tokyo and even a passing flurry of snowfall Wednesday night in the metro area dropping around 1cm of wet snow. Some of you may have even seen it before it swiftly warmed up in the morning.
As for the weekend it looks like decent snowfall in the North across Hokkaido and Tohoku through Friday and Saturday due to back to back low pressure areas moving through the region.
Some areas could see up to 20cm of snow but for the most part totals will remain around 5-10cm in to Hokoriku. Enough to re set some of the slopes this coming weekend which would be some fantastic news following the last two weekends above average temperature which brought rain on the slopes for central Honshu.
Enjoy the fresh snow now though since next week it looks like another spell of warm air for Japan featuring April to May like temperatures across the country.
The big question is how long will the ski / snowboard season last this year. Typical years it extends well in to April for some of the higher elevated resorts but this is not a typical year. As much as I try to be optimistic I fear the end of the season will be similar to the start of the season. Lets hope that is not the case though.
JMA has officially announce though warmer than average temperatures are expected this coming spring and summer. Riding along the same theme of last summer and this winter.