Will The Brutal Snowfall Of 2019 Make A Comeback This Winter?

Dec 20, 2019

With winter officially beginning soon, many residents still reeling from February’s big dump are wondering if this year will see a repeat.  KLCC’s Brian Bull asked a regional meteorologist for their outlook.

A Spencer Butte sideroad after the late February snows, 2019.
Credit Brian Bull / KLCC

Anyone who slogged through the last week of February 2019 can recall Eugene-Springfield being at a standstill, along with massive closures of schools and government buildings after 18 inches fell in two days.  Downed trees caused power outages, and roads were inaccessible. Nearly $30 million of damage was sustained in Lane and Douglas Counties.

Crews with Douglas Electric Cooperative clear out fallen trees and debris to help restore power in early March 2019.
Credit Douglas Electric Cooperative

So what’s up for winter 2019-2020?  Clinton Rockey of the National Weather Service says based on the most recent data…

“It’ll just wind up being a fairly typical winter for the area.  No crazy snowstorm," he tells KLCC.  "But again, it doesn’t take much to get a little extra oil in the StormTrack and give us something of a surprise come February, who knows?”

Rockey warns that forecasts often change, and it’s best to regularly consult local weather reports and sites like TripCheck.Com for the latest conditions.