Rachael McDonald / KLCC

Heavy snowfall has caused many closures across the Southern Willamette Valley and surrounding region.  This is in addition to below freezing temps in the evenings.  

Brian Bull / KLCC

Wintry weather will continue to hit the southern Willamette Valley through the rest of the week, according to the National Weather Service.   

Jon Ditgen

The first major snowstorm of the holiday season is a gift to businesses across the Oregon Cascades.  KLCC’s Brian Bull reports. 

Rachael McDonald / Hoodoo Ski Area

The National Weather Service says Oregon’s Cascade Mountains are at 105 percent of normal for snowpack at this time of year. That’s making snow enthusiasts happy.

It's going to be a white Christmas in the mountain ranges of Oregon. And the Eugene-Springfield area might even get some snow.

HooDoo Resort

With Mount Bachelor open for the season, Hoodoo and Willamette Pass aren't far behind, especially with this weekend's forecast of lots and lots of snow.

Wikimedia Commons

Mount Bachelor's Sunshine Accelerator lift is open. If mother nature behaves, the majority of lifts will be running by Wednesday.

Heavy Rain Expected This Halloween Weekend.

Oct 30, 2015

The National Weather Service is predicting rain and a drop in temperatures this weekend in Oregon. The "Pineapple Express" weather pattern is a subtropical moisture pocket that follows the jet stream, and many times, ends up hitting the northwest. Clinton Rocky is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland. He says snow isn't likely in the high country Friday or Saturday, but…

Ask any Northwest skiers and they’ll tell you it’s been a bad year for snow.
They’re right. Snow levels are at record lows for Washington and Oregon.
But it’s not time to hit the panic button yet.

Scott Pattee, a water supply specialist with the National Resources Conservation Service, checks snow levels at Stevens Pass ski resort in Washington's Cascade Mountains.Credit Ashley Ahearn / EarthfixEdit | Remove

Scott Pattee: "Alrighty, off we go."

Crater Lake Has Record Low Snow Levels

Mar 2, 2015

Crater Lake is experiencing record low snow levels for this time of year.  Sunday it was at 37 inches. That's about a third of what the average depth is for this date. Marsha McCabe works for the park. She explains where she notices the lack of snow the most:

"It's pretty unusual because you can actually see out of the windows on the first floor of the buildings. Which, normally this time of year, they would be buried."

Mt. Hood, Mt. Bachelor Open For Holidays

Dec 22, 2014

Oregon ski resorts are hoping for better weather than last year. Despite record low temperatures and snow throughout the state, snow in the high country had a hard time sticking.

UPDATE: Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014 11:20 A.M.:

The Egan Warming Centers confirmed they are activated for tonight, Saturday. But they will NOT be open on Sunday and Monday nights because the overnight temperatures will not be cold enough.

Those needing to get to a Warming Center tonight can ride LTD for free - just tell the driver you need to get to a warming center.  St Vincent de Paul will provide shuttle service from the First Christian parking lot behind the church to other sites from about 5:30 pm- 8:30 pm.

Heavy rain is falling in the Willamette Valley, and that means snow in the Cascades. That’s good news for skiers and snow boarders. Mount Bachelor opens Monday, with other resorts following soon.

Mount Bachelor will open one lift and the terrain park Monday. Resort spokesman Drew Jackson is optimistic this weekend’s forecasted snow will allow them to open more for the holiday:

Jackson: “Things are looking good for Thanksgiving weekend. We hope to have at least three lifts open, at least five kilometers in the Nordic Center.”

Tom Banse

An east wind is pushing arctic air from the central U.S. to the Pacific Northwest. Temperatures have plummeted in the last couple of days. 

The cold front is forecast to bring snow to the mountains and central Oregon and even into the Willamette Valley overnight and into Thursday. Laurel McCoy is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Portland. She says the snow isn't likely to stick around in the South Willamette Valley. But it's good news for Oregon's ski areas.

Amanda Butt

Vendors at the Lane County Farmer’s Market say their crops are recovering after the snow and below zero temperatures that hit their fields this winter.

Booths are filled with kale, carrots, and potatoes at the Lane County Farmer’s Market. It’s hard to see that farmers suffered any losses after the winter’s harsh and unusual weather. But the farmers behind the tables and baskets of produce say the cold conditions came with a price.

Richardson: “We had some issues. The cold was harsh on us.”

Says Jack Richardson, the manager of Organic Redneck farm.

Karen Richards

With ice and snow melting, Eugene Public Works has converted its plows to dump trucks. Crews are busy responding to hundreds of reports of trees and branches on local streets.

Eric Jones is with Eugene Public Works. He says their first priority is to clear roads of debris, which he hopes will be done by Wednesday.

Jones: "And then, eventually, we will come through and clean things up nice and tidy, even finish by sweeping, but that's probably a week or more out."

EWEB Has Some Tips To Keep Your Pipes From Freezing

Feb 7, 2014

The last winter storm in December left hundreds of Eugene residents with frozen or burst pipes. That means more work for plumbers and utility workers, but the costs can be expensive for homeowners or renters. Joe Harwood is the Communications Coordinator for the Eugene Water and Electric Board. He has some tips for keeping your pipes from freezing.

Winter Storm Good News For Oregon Ski Resorts.

Feb 7, 2014

The arrival of this week's winter storm may be difficult for businesses, but it's a boost for Oregon ski resorts.

It's been hard for Hoodoo Manager Mathew McFarland to trust the weather forecasts this year.

McFarland: "They've been saying we'll get, you know, three feet of snow; we get zero. They say expect no snow accumulation, and we get a foot or two. So, it's hard to say."

Record Lows Will Mean Higher Utility Bills

Dec 15, 2013

Last week's record lows will mean higher-than-normal utility bills for Eugene Water and Electric Board customers. The cold also wreaked havoc on plumbing for many residents.

EWEB Public Affairs Manager Lance Robertson says between 70 to 80 percent of homes in the area are heated by electricity. He says EWEB noticed a 30% increase over a five day period compared to average usage.

Robertson: "Whenever temperatures drop to a really extreme temperature, people are going to use more electricity no matter how much insulation they have in their house."

The weeks leading up to Christmas are the biggest retail shopping time of the year.  But this month’s unusually cold weather is keeping people indoors – hurting some businesses in the Eugene-Springfield area. Other businesses, though, are seeing a boost.

City of Eugene

A water line broke Monday at the Eugene Public Library downtown. Fire officials believe the rupture was caused by the unusually cold temperatures.  

Eugene-Springfield Fire Department’s Lance Lighty says the water line was located in the ceiling above the 4th floor.

Lighty:   “They were able to get the water shut off, and then contain it to the 4th floor.  It did drop a bunch of ceiling tiles and got some furniture and stuff wet.  But it sounds like they got the computers and stuff moved out of the area, so there was no damage there.”

Frosty Temperature Will Soon Ease

Dec 9, 2013

The South Willamette Valley has experienced record setting lows this past week.

The area hasn’t felt anything this low since the early 1970s. With recorded temperatures reaching minus  10, some residents are fearful that the current frost will continue. Meteorologist Matthew Cullen is with the National Weather Service in Portland.

“Temperatures will gradually be increasing. So we’re still going to be on the cold side for the next few days, but will gradually coming back towards where we should be, kind of normal for this time of year.”

Cold Temperatures Will Keep Snow On Roads

Dec 7, 2013

Yesterday's (Friday's) winter storm kept The Oregon Department of Transportation busy. Snowy and Icy conditions caused multiple fender benders and some crashes. An overturned semi-truck with multiple trailers delayed drivers for hours on Highway 126 near Mapleton. And a chain requirement was issued for multiple sections of I-5. O-D-O-T Spokesman Rick Little says freezing temperatures will keep the snow pack on the ground thru the weekend. 

Driving On Snow And Ice Trecherous

Dec 7, 2013

Winter weather has arrived in and the Eugene Police Department has some tips on driving in snowy and icy conditions. The first tip is SLOW Down. Melinda McLaughlin is E-P-D's Public Information Officer. She says even if you drive a truck of S-U-V, conditions can be deceiving.

Snow Good News For Ski Resorts

Dec 7, 2013
HooDoo Resort

Winter conditions may mean bad news for businesses and drivers, but its good news for Oregon ski resorts. A lack of precipitation has kept some resorts reluctant to announce an opening date. Mt. Bachelor near Bend is open with 3 lifts operational, although people are encouraged to stay on groomed runs due to early season conditions. Snow is falling at HooDoo as well. Office and ticket manager Daidre Streeter says they need about 25 more inches to open.

‘Tis the season for cold, and by Friday, arctic air might mix with moisture to bring snow to the Willamette Valley.

Steve Pierce is with the American Meteorological Society. He says this week’s chilly weather has been heading our way from Alaska.

Pierce: “That’s now sliding down across the entire Willamette Valley today and will be in place by this evening. People will notice the temperatures will drop substantially tonight as colder drier air moves over the area.”

Winter Forecast Calls For Volatile Weather

Oct 25, 2013
OR Meteorological Society

Weather experts are gathering this weekend in Portland to give their long-range winter forecasts.
This winter has neither an El Nino nor a La Nina pattern. That is, it won't be warmer or cooler than usual. However, Steve Pierce, President of the Oregon chapter of the American Meteorological Society, says it may mean more *interesting weather:

Pierce: "The valley locations from Portland down to say Eugene and Medford can actually see some of their biggest snowfall totals during the winter. And you can also see some of the more volatile weather in these neutral years."