Can We Catch Some Needed Fluffy Powder?

Ski resorts and enthusiasts are not likely happy about the warm weather we’ve been having. There’s some good news and bad news. The bad news is that snow levels are going to be all the way up to 8,000 feet today.  That means ski resorts will have big chunks of the area looking at rain or a rain/snow mix.  Only the higher peaks will actually pick up snowfall for Wednesday. Snow levels will stick between 6,000 and 7,500 feet for Thursday, so the level will be lower, but not much.

The good news is that significant snowfall is possible for Friday. A new storm will move in for last day of the work week. Instead of the pools of moisture being pushed in straight off the water by the jetstream, we’ll see the storm drop down from the northwest, bringing in cooler air. Snow levels may start out at 7,500 feet early Friday, but will likely fall down to 4,000 feet by the late afternoon as the cold air moves in. During that time snow fall will fall lower and lower in altitude. The heaviest snow fall will be late afternoon/early evening Friday and through the overnight hours.  The GFS model drops 10 to 15 inches of snow at least at the resort level and above for the 24 hour period from Friday a.m. to Saturday a.m.

0z GFS 24-Hour Snowfall Fri-Sat AM

Here’s the latest at the local ski resorts:

Willamette Pass: The base at the lodge is 10,” with only a trace of snow reported in the last 24 hours. The ski resort’s website says it is closed due to insufficient snow.

Hoodoo: Current snow depth is 21″ and the resort is open.

Mt. Bachelor: The resort currently has a 32″ snow base with no new snow. It currently open.

–Meteorologist, Megan Taylor

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