Italy Snow Drama & Another Northwest Ski Resort Closes

March 11, 2015

There has been talk, and lots of video, of a “record-setting” snowfall in the mountains of central Italy.  Media reports say 100.8″ fell in 24 hours and there are all sorts of proclamations that A NEW WORLD RECORD HAS BEEN SET!!!!

Is it a new world record?  Could be, but the WMO doesn’t keep extreme snowfall records so there is no “official” value.  The two most commonly accepted 24 hour records are in Japan and Colorado here in the USA:

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A new wrinkle showed up online this evening.  USA Today is reporting that the official total was only around 3 ft. and residents measured the 100.8″ in drifts!  If so, this will be another stunning example of how bad information can suddenly become “reality” in our digital age.  I did notice in the video that the roofs don’t have much snow.  Shouldn’t there be feet of snow up there? Hmmm…

We’ll see as the drama unfolds…

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Meanwhile, another Cascade ski resort has closed.  The snowiest one in the Pacific Northwest, Mt. Baker, is closing until they get more snow.

We have a lot of rain headed for Mt. Hood Saturday and Sunday and this may put Timberline and Meadows in a real pinch. The last 7 days that have been warm and sunny, it rained up there this evening, warm and sunny returns through Friday, then warm rain for two days this weekend.  We might get into a situation where those resorts have to shuttle skiers higher on the mountain for skiing and use the lowest lifts for transport only.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen