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Snowpack Well Below Normal For Most Of Oregon


The snowpack level in Oregon is well below what it normally is in early December. According to the Snow Survey Program run by the US Department of Agriculture, parts of the state have less than 50 percent of the usual amount of snow on the ground for this time of year, including most of the Cascades.

USDA hydrologist Scott Oviatt, who oversees the Snow Survey Program in Oregon, said many locations in the state experienced one of the driest Novembers on record. “We are guarded at this point," said Oviatt. "Obviously it’s not critical yet, no alarms going off, but we are keeping an eye on it.”


Oviatt said very few of the snow survey’s measuring sites under five-thousand feet in elevation are currently recording any snowpack at all. Statewide, the average snowpack is 59 percent of normal.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December, 2018. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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