Snowpack

Willamette Pass

After a late start, Willamette Pass opened Friday for regular season hours. Due to a lack of precipitation this season Willamette Pass had only been operating on weekends. They’ve also been restricted to using the lower part of the mountain.


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A round of storms is approaching the Pacific Northwest this weekend. The moisture is expected to fall in the form of rain in the valleys and foothills, and snow in the highest elevations.

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Forecasters say a strong weather system will bring valley rain and mountain snow to western Oregon this week.

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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.

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Much of Oregon saw snow these past couple of days. Meteorologists predict that cold, snowy weather will continue over the next couple of weeks.

Talk Of Drought Quiet This Year Among Oregon Farmers

Apr 10, 2016
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State water supply levels have Oregon farmers optimistic this year. Last April, mountain snowpack and reservoir levels were much lower than average. This year, talk of drought is somewhat quiet.

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The series of storms hitting the Northwest this month are bringing heavy rain, snow and strong winds. This is causing flooding, landslides, road closures and power outages. A Portland hydrologist says the short-term trouble brings long-term benefits.

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Oregon has enjoyed cooler days over the past week, thanks to low pressure from the Gulf of Alaska. By Wednesday, extremely hot weather is expected to return.

Andy Bryant is with the National Weather Service. He says people should be prepared for above average temperatures later this week:

Bryant: “In the south Willamette Valley, we have a forecast high on Thursday of 100 for Eugene. It looks like it’s going to be hot all throughout western Oregon.”

Oregon’s low snowpack is result of one of the warmest winters recorded. That’s according to a report released by Oregon State University.

In February, more than 100 high temperature records were broken throughout the state. Director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute Phillip Mote says the state also experienced unusually long intervals without rain or snow.

Crater Lake Has Record Low Snow Levels

Mar 2, 2015

Crater Lake is experiencing record low snow levels for this time of year.  Sunday it was at 37 inches. That's about a third of what the average depth is for this date. Marsha McCabe works for the park. She explains where she notices the lack of snow the most:

"It's pretty unusual because you can actually see out of the windows on the first floor of the buildings. Which, normally this time of year, they would be buried."