Cascade Snowpack Forecast To Get Boost This Weekend

Feb 4, 2014

The Cascades could see some much-needed snow this weekend, as cold air moves into the Northwest.

The snowpack so far this winter in the Cascades is low – really low.

Pierce: “The mountain areas, and especially on the east side as well, very low snowpack… Some of the lowest snowpack totals that we’ve seen in a couple decades.  In some cases, 20 and 30 year lows.”

Santiam Pass from Hoodoo.
Credit Shaun Che

Steve Pierce is with Northwest Weather Consultants out of Vancouver, Washington.  He says the cold weather system that’s moving in this week, should be pushed out over the weekend by warm, wet air from the Pacific, which will bring some snow.

Pierce: “And then as we look forward into the following week, it looks like a very progressive pattern with quite a bit of moisture.  Snowfall levels will rise a bit next week.  The mountains should finally start to pick up some of that well-needed snow.  As the groundhog says, six more weeks of winter.  And I think Mother Nature is going to deliver.”

Oregon ski parks have had a late start this year.  Hoodoo Ski Area says it is finally planning to open for the season on Friday.