The snow line has retreated in the past two weeks on the west slopes of the Cascades. I rode my bike up there in the bright sunshine this morning; just perfect with temps in the 50s, 1 vehicle and 1 bicycle passing me in one hour and 30 minutes!
Three weeks ago I ran into solid snow right after the snow gate. Today I made it almost all the way to the “big corner” (where the road suddenly swings hard to the right in a switchback with a guardrail) with just a few thin patches of snow. But there was a solid area of snow just in front of that corner; so basically the road is passable up to 3,000′. This is where I stopped since I wasn’t in the mood for wet feet again, and this job thing gets in the way of personal afternoon recreation too.
It’s great cycling with no cars beyond the snow gate; sometimes I get really crazy and ride on the wrong side of the road. I know…real wild.
A perfect day today and we have several more to go. We just made the fresh 7 Day forecast and you’ll notice it’s a bit warmer Thursday-Friday. It appears that lowering surface pressure to the north keeps us from getting a strong onshore push those two days, so minimal low clouds and a warm atmosphere continues overhead. That snow patch in the pic above will definitely be getting smaller.
For tomorrow, the weak offshore flow returns. Combine that with a little warmer air mass overhead and we should pop temps up 4-7 degrees over today’s highs. So we stayed with a 75 degree forecast.
Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen