100″ on Mt. Hood; Big Ski Day Wednesday!

January 19, 2016

We passed the 100″ snow base threshold at both Timberline and Mt. Hood Meadows today…quite a change from last year!


I think Meadows only hit around 50″ last winter/spring.  As of now it looks like about 10-11″ new snow have fallen up above 4,500′.  With strong westerly flow this evening/tonight I expect another 8-12″ to fall during the night.  A colder airmass moves in with the westerly wind so Wednesday sure looks like a good powder day to me!  I put out a Powder Alert for Skibowl last night.  If you’re a skier/snowboarder you might want to subscribe to that here.


The January rain total also reached a benchmark here in Portland today.  We’ve now seen MORE than our typical January rain…with 11 days still to go.  It’s obvious now it’ll be a much wetter than normal January.  Once again, this El Nino is behaving like 1982-83 here in the Pacific Northwest.   Not to bring anyone down, but February and March were extremely wet that year as well.  On the positive side, I’m pretty sure the soil has recovered from the dry spell last summer…

Looking ahead, the wet pattern does continue the rest of this month, although I don’t see any flooding-type situation.  Our storms just aren’t that strong because of some minor splitting.  Plenty of rain but no huge soakers and no windstorms.  That said, the GFS is hinting at a wetter system next week.  Take a gander at the latest meteogram…looks warm and wet!



Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen