Larch Mtn. Road Snow Update

3:30pm Tuesday…

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

13 Responses to Larch Mtn. Road Snow Update

  1. Looking at the radar. Is that all birds??!!

    • Mark Nelsen says:

      Yep…the VAD wind display says movement is south to north after sunset. But the actual atmosphere windflow is north to south in the lowest 10,000′ right now. That’s a pretty clear sign right there. Those little guys are fighting a headwind tonight! But a nice full moon for navigating I suppose.

  2. Jesse-Stevenson says:

    Great update Mark 😀

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

    Klamath Falls is officially now into Spring. Endless sunny weather and 60’s for highs straight across. Temperatures plunge right into the 70’s and potentially low 80’s by the last week of April.

  4. says:

    Hey Mark Nelson, Or anyone else what’s causing the brisk northwest wind today???

  5. W7ENK says:

    Today is nice, but just shy of perfect. Hoping tomorrow will be even closer!

  6. pappoose in scappoose says:

    Who’s on first?

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