The Grasshopper – The Latest Snow Forecast

The Grasshopper – The Latest Snow Forecast

Thursday 22 August – Freshies today & Sunday

 

Synoptic Outlook

Not as much snow fell yesterday as I was anticipating. However, temperatures have since dropped and snow showers have kicked back in as cold front rubs up against the Aussie Alps. That will clear this morning, making for an awesome afternoon with freshies and sunshine on offer.

A ridge of high pressure tomorrow will bring mild temperatures and sunshine galore, reminding us that spring is just around the corner.

The sun will still shine during Saturday, but NW gales will ruffle a few comb-overs before a cold front hits Vic resorts at night, then NSW resorts early Sunday. A dollop of rain will fall ahead of the front, followed by chilly S-SW winds and a nice wee dusting of snow.

 

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Snow showers are preparing the slopes for a day of freshies along with a bit of sunshine. Source:: NZ Metservice (vandalised by the Grasshopper)

 

Thursday 22 August

Snow showers clear this morning, then cloud will break up to let some sunshine in. Gale SW winds start easing this afternoon.

 

Friday 23 August

Sunshine galore as the SW breeze clocks around to the NW.

 

Saturday 24 August

Mostly sunny, but cloud will build through the afternoon with strong-gale NW winds. Also, rain will develop over Victoria at night, before turning to snow overnight with a cold S-SW change.

 

Sunday 25 August

The cold southerlies will reach NSW resorts before brekkie with a nice wee dusting there, while remaining snowfalls over Victoria clear. Cloud will then break up with some sunshine.

 

Extended Outlook

High pressure and settled conditions should see us through the start of next week, before a potential snowfall sometime around the middle of the week.

 

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Thursday 23 August – Ruapehu’s pummelling continues, a little bit of everything down south

 

Synoptic Outlook

The pummelling continues on Ruapehu, complete with heavy snowfalls, some rain, gale NW winds and blizzard conditions. The first half of Friday will be much the same as a low-pressure system passes over the North Island.

 

This low will suck in a cold breeze over the South Island during the latter half of Friday, giving southern ski fields just a light dusting. This is a far cry from the sizeable powder dump that earlier forecasts were indicating for Canterbury.

 

After a brief weak ridge on Saturday, a front and low combo get snowfalls going over the South Island during the second half of Sunday.

 

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The pummelling continues on Ruapehu as a complex low-pressure system works its way over the Country. Southern ski fields will get off lightly while sitting in the shelter of the Main Divide, and will just see a little bit of everything. Source: NZ Metservice (vandalised by the Grasshopper)

 

Thursday 22 August

Plenty of sunshine amidst a partly cloudy day for the South Island. NW winds, fairly strong in Canterbury.

 

Snow on Ruapehu with heavy falls, especially first thing this morning when it’ll be falling as rain below 1700m before colder temps lower snow levels to about 1400m. Gale NW winds with blizzard conditions.

 

Friday 23 August

Cloud clears the South Island during the morning for a dose of sunshine, but returns again in the afternoon as a chilly southerly breeze develops, pushing in some light snowfalls.

 

Heavy snow on Ruapehu during the morning, but rain will fall below 1700m again as mild NW winds blow a gale with blizzard conditions. Snow will gradually lower to base elevations during the afternoon, as winds turn to a lighter and chillier W-SW breeze, while also petering out.

 

Saturday 24 August

Any morning cloud over the South Island clears to a mainly fine day, although there’ll be some mid-high cloud over the Southern Lakes. W-NW winds rise to gale.

 

Cloud and the odd snow shower or flurry on Ruapehu as strong southerlies turn to the SW.

 

Sunday 25 August

Variable high cloud and gale NW winds over the South Island to start with. Snowfalls then get going sometime during the second half of the day.

 

Snow flurries and showers on Ruapehu with gale W-SW winds.

 

Extended Outlook

Snowfalls continue across the country during Monday and into early Tuesday as the front and low combo leave a chilly SW flow behind.

 

Another handy top-up is lined up for next Thursday-Friday as this procession of frontal systems continue, although some rain is likely to fall on lower slopes of Canterbury and Ruapehu.

 

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Japan Forecast – Powder day for Honshu & Sunshine for Hokkaido before Mayhem Monday hits.

 

Thursday 7th March (Japan time)

 

Ten-day snow accumulations are tantalisingly sizeable. Source:: windy.com

 

Now that we’re in the thick of spring, we’ll see it all this week. Rain on Honshu will turn to snow tonight, with Friday set to offer up some good powder and what could be the best conditions of the week for resorts there. Hokkaido will offer fantastic feel-good weather along with a predawn dusting on Sunday to top it all off. Things take a turn on Mayhem Monday however, as an angry low rampages over Japan with super strong winds, heavy rain and snowfalls eventually abating on Tuesday.

 

Ten-day snow accumulations are tantalisingly sizeable, but the bulk of this will pile up on mid-upper slopes with wetter slushier stuff lower down. Adding to that, some models show a rip-snorter of a snowstorm next weekend that may or may not come to fruition. It would certainly be a fairytale end to what is my last forecast for the season. That’s right folks, this is indeed my last and it has been a blast, but there are still plenty or turns to be made this season before hanging up the skis. See you all again when the southern hemisphere turn on.

 

Thursday 7 Mar:

A low sitting off the Pacific Coast of Honshu is currently dumping snow onto mid & upper slopes, but rain lower down. Temps will steadily drop from later this afternoon as strong northerly winds hit, with snowfalls lowering to base levels. It’s a lovely day on Hokkaido with plenty of sunshine and winds out of the N-NE.

 

Friday 8 Mar:

Snowfalls will gradually peter out on Honshu as northerly winds turn to the west. Accumulations from this event will mostly be within the 15-25cm range, so make the most of this fresh bonanza while you can. Hokkaido should have a beautiful sunrise and sunset, with cloud and maybe a snowflake or two in between.

 

Saturday 9 Mar:

A high passes over southern Honshu in the early hours, turning the winds over Japan to the SW and causing temps to steadily rise to a balmy day with a mix of sun and cloud.

 

Sunday 10 Mar:

There’ll be a predawn dusting on Hokkaido, with central parts receiving the most, eventually clearing to a beaut day as winds ease. On Honshu, high cloud will thicken during the afternoon as a low approaches from the East China Sea, spreading rain up to central Honshu at night.

 

Monday 11 Mar:

The low will rampage up Japan with strong winds and warm temps adding to the mayhem caused by rain. There’ll be really heavy falls, especially on the Pacific side of Japan, which will turn to snow about the tops of Honshu at night. Snow will fall to low levels on Hokkaido at first, then gradually lift to upper slopes at night.

 

Tuesday 12 Mar:

The angry low will track away to the north while rain and snowfalls gradually peter out, but there may be more showers later, which will fall as snow on upper slopes. Winds will blow a gale over northern Honshu and Hokkaido.

 

Wednesday 13 Mar:

Snow showers and flurries will blow in on a westerly wind, which will be quite strong. The snowfalls will be a bit wet and heavy at low levels.

North American Forecast – Spring Snowfalls Continue

 

Wednesday 6th March (Pacific time)

 

Yet another awesome ten-day snow accumulation chart. This one however, shows good snowfalls more evenly spread throughout North America. Source:: windy.com

 

The second week of spring looks set to be a doozy with good snowfalls more evenly spread throughout North America compared to previous weeks. This is all thanks to a broad and complex low-pressure system, which drifts over western North America during the next few days, followed a cold airmass pushing south later in the week. With this being the last forecast of the season, there couldn’t be better way to sign out of one of the best seasons in living memory – this one will go down in the books for sure. Happy spring skiing to you all, I’m heading into the back country and will reappear once the leaves are falling in the Southern Hemisphere.

 

Thursday 7 Mar:

A broad and complex area of low pressure covers almost the entire western half of North America providing scattered light-moderate snowfalls for all-and-sundry, with pockets of heavier falls along the Rockies during the first half of the day as well as the Sierras during the second half. It may be a bit wet and heavy on lower slopes of many resorts due to fairly warm temps.

 

Friday 8 Mar:

Scattered snowfalls throughout western North America will gradually clear late in the day or at night as all of that low pressure migrates east. The mountains of Wyoming, Utah and Colorado look to gain the most with some heavier (moderate) falls, but again it might be a bit wet and slushy on lower slopes, as temps remain warm there. Temps should be cold enough elsewhere.

 

Saturday 9 Mar:

High pressure will see a mix of sun and cloud, with just a smattering of leftover flurries over the American Rockies during the morning and isolated snow showers in the Sierras.

 

Sunday 10 Mar:

Weak low pressure develops over the southern states to provide isolated snow showers for the southern Cascades and Sierras, which eventually spreads inland to Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico at night with decent, moderate-ish falls on the cards. Plenty of sunshine for resorts farther north.

 

Monday 11 Mar:

After what feels like an eternity, Canada will finally see a good dump of powder courtesy of a cold front rolling in from the Gulf of Alaska. There’ll be moderate-to-heavy snowfalls along the Coast Mountains and light-to-moderate falls further inland. The front will also roll over the Cascades later in the day with moderate-to-heavy falls.

Snowfalls farther south over Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico may actually be heavy at times, especially over the lower two states, with possible thunderstorms to boot.

 

Tuesday 12 Mar:

The front from the previous day continues to spread light-to-moderate snowfalls south and east from Canada and the Cascades all the way to the Sierras and Utah. Meanwhile, moderate-heavy snowfalls over Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico will ease and become few and far between.

 

Wednesday 13 Mar:

Scattered light snowfalls throughout the Rockies, but as the cold airmass continues pushing south, there’ll be some slightly heavier, moderate-ish falls over Arizona and New Mexico. Any leftover flurries along the Pacific crest will clear early.

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Who is The Grasshopper ?

The Grasshopper. Some say he hatched one summer on a Himalayan plateau. As cold Autumn winds set in, he stumbled upon a scrap of goretex shed by some unfortunate climber and turned it into the smallest snowsuit ever. Then he strapped himself into a nearby leaf and carved his way down the mountains, hitching a ride with some hikers back to civilisation.

Now Mountainwatch’s resident meteorology sensei, this season we can expect a lot from the little critter. His beloved monthly outlooks across Australia and New Zealand over the southern hemisphere winter are being replaced with outlooks for both Japan and North America over November and December leading into the northern hemisphere winter. From there, the little critter will go into overdrive producing weekly forecasts for Japan and North America from December through to March. No doubt he’ll be run off his feet, so it’s a good thing he has six.