Well our first really big winter storm has made it through and drop snow flakes as low as the South Hills in Eugene. So let’s wrap up what we ended up with.
For snowfall in the mountains we ended up with 1 to 2 feet from pass level to the peaks. Generally, about 30 inches is the threshold for ski resorts before they start thinking of opening up. Right now, Timberline Lodge and Mt. Hood Meadows has already opened, with Mt Bachelor, Hoodoo, and Willamette Pass looking to open up this upcoming week. If you plan to travel through the passes over the next few days, you definitely need to be care. Road Conditions have been a little hazardous, with most of the roads covered at least partially with snow. If you do slide off the road, here’s what you’re looking at as far as roadside snow:
For rainfall, we definitely picked up the most on Thursday. Friday’s rainfall started out somewhat strong, but ended with showers becoming isolated. Most areas in interior valleys picked up around an inch or slightly above.
So that means it’s time to look forward from here, and our forecast is a wet one! Sunday will be the calm between storms. I’m looking for partly sunny skies to break out by the afternoon, helping temperatures jump into the low to mid-4o’s with 50’s possible along the coast. Clouds will build back in Sunday night ahead of our next batch of rain, which is lined up for the early morning hours of Monday. There are still a lot of inconsistencies with our next storm, but as of right now it looks like we’ll be on the warm end. The center of low pressure will move up to our north, dragging a warm front through the area. We will see waves of rain push through for the entire work week. While the next storm looks warmer with snow levels back to 4000 to 5000 feet, the big concern may end up being the wind.
Right now, models are showing very stacked isobars, which could spell a very wind first few days of the work week. The more formed trough will move through for the last of the work week and into the weekend. Right now, we look to stay pretty warm with highs in the upper 40’s and low to mid-50’s all week.
Thanksgiving travel right now looks pretty soggy and possibly pretty white in the passes. We’ll post a more in-depth travel forecast in the next couple of days.
Have a happy Sunday!
–Meteorologist, Megan Taylor