Central Oregon Snowstorm

10pm Tuesday…

As the weather system offshore has spun down the coastline, northerly wind is filling in behind it.  For Central Oregon, a north wind is moving uphill or  “upslope”.  That’s lifting the moisture  and producing the best snowstorm in quite awhile.  Take a look at the totals as of a couple hours ago:


And a couple pictures from Jonathan Noel Simonsen’s dad and John Rinier’s son:


Looks like December 2008 in Portland doesn’t it?  There is still more snow to come before sunrise so it’ll be interesting how far above 12″ Bend goes.

Yet at the same time the snow totals have disappointed on Mt. Hood.  Only 5″, leaving the base areas of Timberline and Meadows with less than 18″ on the ground:


Now Timberline, Meadows, & Mt. Bachelor will have some minimal operations coming up Friday-Sunday.  2 lifts at each ski area is a start!  The big benefit is tons of sunshine each day.


Watch out for a few spots of ice on lowland roads tomorrow morning, some areas didn’t get a chance to dry out.  With clearing skies it’ll drop below freezing for most of us.

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

25 Responses to Central Oregon Snowstorm

  1. runrain says:

    NWS forcasted 43 for a high today. It’s currently 48. East wind is barely gusting to 30 at Vista House. Western Washington will not be a fun place to be these next few days with all kinds of air stagnation advisories out. The Apple Cup in Seattle will be kind of chilly.

    • runrain says:

      I think perhaps we live in the wrong part of the state (at least us west siders.

      By the way, Tyler, did you happen to get any shots of that moon this morning? Spectacular!

  2. W7ENK says:

    Beautiful!! I’m jealous.

  3. Joshua Downtown PDX says:

    Awesome for people living over there! Impressive. Portland will end the month with over a 1″ rain deficit. We will have had a cooler than normal November. The last week will really bring down the monthly average. Overall, I give it a C+.

  4. Wow! Impressive snowfall photos indeed! It does remind me of December 2008. One can only dream…

    • 1990, 1996, and 2008 are the big snow years I’ve experienced since moving to this region in the late 1980s. So about once every 8 years or so seems the average interval, but the variance is huge.

    • W7ENK says:

      Since 2004 (possibly before?), we’ve managed to hit it every 5 years just like clockwork down here.

      January 2004
      December 2008
      February 2014

      Portland’s next big snowfall should come at some point during the Winter of 2018/19. I don’t anticipate anything until then.

    • jimbo says:

      Talk about long range maps . sheesh

    • WEATHERDAN says:

      Absolutely agree Eric. Cold snowy years were also 68-69, 73-74-78-79, 83-84, 88-89, 93-94, and 98-99. This pattern goes back almost 50 years.

    • W7ENK says:

      That is interesting…

    • I’d have more entries in my list but my standards for “big snow” are on the stringent side: a foot or more on the ground.

  5. MasterNate says:

    Rare to see a 7day at the end of November without rain or foggy inversion. I will enjoy it. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

    • Indeed it’s a beautiful blue sky outdoors and I can’t wait for the holiday weekend. Perfect weather for erecting a new antenna (which is in the plans for me).

      The kids on BI are getting an extra-long holiday weekend: so many blocked roads and power outages on Bainbridge Island from yesterday’s outflow windstorm that they’ve cancelled school for the day.

    • W7ENK says:

      JOOC, what kind of antenna?

      And the kids down here didn’t have school at all this week, the little brats got the whole week off! I’m so jealous… I think I could count on one hand the number of non-holiday days we got off from school when I was a kid, not counting Spring Break, of course. Anymore, it seems that a full 5-day school week is a rarity. I swear, these kids are out of school more often than not!

    • runrain says:

      And yet compensation for those school administrators seems to keep going up. Hmmm.

      Yeah, we hardly got a fraction of days off compared to today. But then, we had Bob Lynott warning of snow armageddons in the morning and school getting cancelled so we had nice rainy 40 degree days off!

    • W7ENK says:

      Ehh, Bob Lynott was a bit before my time. My lucid consciousness doesn’t really go back much before 1985. I do remember many a snowday forecast that actually materialized as 37, 35, 33 degree rain. It happened more often than I care to remember, and it keeps happening, even now with all these fancy-schmancy forecasting computers and models and what not! Some things never change, I guess…

  6. Boring Oregon says:

    Waiting for it to get light so I can see the pictures on ODOT trip check.

  7. I’m curious as to how much snow cover central and eastern Washington got. The more snow on the ground east of the Cascades, the more that the Columbia Basin can generate strong pools of cold air.

  8. schmit44 says:

    11/24/2015 Oregon (All) Temperature Summary

    High:54 at MCDERMITT 26N(4464 ft)
    Low: 41 at BROOKINGS(79 ft) & Port Orford(0 ft) & COOS BAY (P365)(89 ft) & CW1063 Reedsport(0 ft) & NK7G Roseburg(472 ft)

    High:26 at BARNHT(894 ft) & Mt Hood Meadows(6540 ft)
    Low: 15 at Rim (7050 ft ) & Mt Hood Meadows (7300 ft )

    Largest Diurnal Change: 25 degrees
    Lorella (46/21 ) (4160 ft )

    Heaviest Rainfall:
    1.07″ at FLYNN PRAIRIE(1543ft)
    1.04″ at DW9210 Bend(3615ft)
    1.00″ at BIGELOW CAMP(5130ft)
    0.99″ at BANDON(79ft)
    0.96″ at RED MOUND(1753ft)
    0.96″ at LONG PRAIRIE(1093ft)
    0.93″ at SEVEN MILE CREEK(438ft)
    0.92″ at EW4856 Brookings(1365ft)

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