Snowpack Update: Below Average In Oregon, Best Up North

It’s the beginning of April and for most parts of the Cascades (except the highest elevations in snowy springs) the peak snowpack has occurred.  From now through June or July it’s “melt out” time.  So now that winter is behind us, how did the snowpack do?  Pretty good in NW Oregon this year; a few big storms brought the snowpack up to average or even slightly above north of Mt.  Hood:


The rest of the state is average to well below average, there will likely be water issues in SE Oregon this summer as a drought continues there.  Here are the numbers averaged for each state and you can see that most of the West is well below normal:


The snowpack has been melting the last week with such mild temps.  I rode my bike up to about 2,500′ on Larch Mountain this afternoon.  You first start seeing patches of snow along the road around 2,000′.  Then there are parts of the side road (not travelled on) totally covered by up to 1′ of snow.  It’s interesting that there is little to no snow in the woods at that elevation, but the parts of the road near creeks and draws have the snow.  Colder air in winter and spring nights probably slows down the melting in those spots.  I had been in the same location three days ago and there was quite a bit of melting.  Areas that had 10-12″ on Saturday had almost nothing today.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

7 Responses to Snowpack Update: Below Average In Oregon, Best Up North

  1. Janine ☂ in Sherwood says:

    Any winner calculated for the “PORTLAND TEMPERATURE/PRECIP FREQUENCY CONTEST FOR MARCH 2013?” Relieved the Giants just dodged a sweep tonight.

  2. W7ENK says:

    I still haven’t made it up to the slopes yet this season, I guess I’d better get on that soon, or it’ll be a waste! 😕

    • Been good and bad this year. Many days of no fresh snow followed by tons of powder. Then nothing. Spring conditions now so there is a sweet spot in mid morning before it warms up too much and you have to go grab a beer. And then the day is over. I need to get up there one last time…..but then again…maybe not. 🙂

  3. Timmy_Supercell (Klamath Falls @ 4200') says:

    Klamath Falls was a little behind schedule in terms of snowpack; but glad to hear the rest did good! Southern OR has had a bit of a drought.

  4. First?
    Snowpack lookin good up here in WA.

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