Snow Keeps Piling Up…

SnapshotI’ve just been amazed at the numbers this evening.  The snow depths and snow water increases just today.  Looks like Mt. Hood Meadows has had 3 feet of snow in less than 2 days…16" of that just since 5am today!   That graphic down below, from last night’s post?  I notice Saddle Mountain now has over 28" of snow water.  That’s about 3" of precipitation since last night at this time…all falling in the form of snow.  By the way, ever wonder how they measure precipitation at these remote sites with no electricity to warm the gauge?  It’s an open container/gauge that uses an anti-freeze type solution.  The snow falls into it and melts, gradually filling up the thing as the winter goes on.  That depth is then measured (or it might be by weight, I’m not sure).  Either way they go up there and swap out the fluid each summer.

Our weather?  Rainy and breezy this evening…with the trough moving through.  Snow levels have fallen a bit below 2,000′ again and probably bottom out around 1,500′ tomorrow under much lighter showers. 

Our model indicates steady stratiform precipitation arrives from the next system by midnight tomorrow night.  00z models are a bit more similar on the Saturday low pressure placement.  They seem to agree on a strange "double-low" setup that brings a negative-tilt front up towards us from the southwest early Saturday morning.  WInd turns a bit more southerly behind that feature as we then get a secondary low that moves almost directly over us late Saturday.  Since we don’t have really cold air already in place, I think it’s going to be tough to get sticking snow down to the Valley floor.  This MIGHT be a good time for a quick snowfall up against the Coast Range.  It’s a brief easterly flow ahead of that first wave, and southeasterly flow around 2,000-5,000′.  That pattern in the past has produced "unexpected" snowfall at Forest Grove, Banks, and Gaston.  We’ll see.  In general I’m just not too excited about any "event" Saturday.  Just not quite cold enough.  There IS one more day to take a look at things, so no need to make any prophetic announcements on the air.
It IS going to be a great snowstorm in the foothills and Cascades though…just what we need, more snow…Mark Nelsen

234 Responses to Snow Keeps Piling Up…

  1. SD says:

    Mark bit the bait…good sign or bad sign? LOL

  2. Marc ( Orchards, WA ) says:

    Looks like Mark is now going for snow. He may be the only met going for this right now lol… He could be the star come tomorrow.

  3. jacob BPA says:

    Current Temp 35 Dew pt 33

  4. next Mt.Hood 900 ft update in the morning..long day, and as much as i’d like to watch everything, sleep beckons…
    have a good evening, everyone!

  5. JVisco (LO) says:

    NWS recent discussion is about a wishy washy as they come..

  6. Tyler in NW Vancouver (Hazel Dell) says:

    Highest High: 54.2, 4th
    Lowest Low: 18.6, 22nd
    Highest Wind: SSE 40, 4th
    Most Precip: 0.77″, 2nd
    Avg High: 43
    Avg Low: 31.5
    Mean: 37.3 (-1.2 degrees)
    Total Precip: 5.08″, -0.66″, 89%
    Total Snow: 0.8″
    Cloudy: 23
    Precip: 20
    Thunder: 1
    Hail: 1
    Fog: 6
    32-: 14
    Did set a record low pressure for the month, 28.79″ on the 4th.
    Thats it, nothing too exciting, cept for that tornado thing.

  7. Austin-Ridgefield says:

    This is crazy but this is what katu’s personal forcast said for me tonight 12 to 6am:
    It should continue to be cloudy. Some light snow is expected. Total accumulations for the day should reach 1-3 inches. Temperatures will stay near 30. Winds will be 5 to 10 MPH from the south.

  8. jacob BPA says:

    new 7 day

  9. Marc ( Orchards, WA ) says:

    Nice Boringlarry, keep us updated as much as possible. Good to know whats going on above us 🙂

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