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