Thanksgiving Travel Update

November 22, 2016

10pm Tuesday…

A wet weather pattern has returned to the Pacific Northwest.  We’ve made a few (minor) changes to the forecast this evening.  Primarily to lower snow totals for the next 5 days


  • Showery conditions tomorrow (Wednesday), but not stormy.  The usual stuff
  • Thanksgiving Day will be VERY wet west of the Cascades.  Expect slow highways and freeways
  • Snow falls in the Cascades the next 5 days.  Heaviest snow will be on Thanksgiving Day.  But the snow level may briefly lift above the passes on that day
  • Friday now looks drier (or even mostly dry!) as a weather system stalls offshore before moving inland Saturday
  • I’ve lowered the total snow expected the next 7 days due to the drier Friday and more snow staying above the passes.



Don’t even worry about anything west or north of the metro area.  Forget about the Gorge too


A surface low pressure system will pass by Thanksgiving evening just offshore.  The pressure pattern isn’t right for a big wind event in the valleys, but gusts 25-35 mph are likely.

As of now, Mt. Hood Meadows, Timberline, & Mt. Bachelor plan to open at least a few lifts Friday.  With more splitting and energy headed south showing up on models , it might be tough to get too much terrain open if we don’t get at least 18 inches up there.

I’ll be driving about 9 hours on Wednesday…at least it’ll be a nice day to see all the wonders of Eastern Oregon and NE California on the way to Reno.

No posts until Sunday when I’ll be back at work.  Drive carefully everyone.


Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen