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By Zach Butler, Meteorologist Posted 6 months ago October 13, 2023

Snow Exits, Annular Solar Eclipse Saturday

Summary

A solid first season snowstorm has ended with a blanket of snow for elevations above 6,000 feet. This snow will melt over the next few days and will not be the start of bases around the state. The next big news in the forecast is the annular solar eclipse on Saturday, October 14th. Mostly cloudy skies are expected for the maximum path, but a few areas of sun will open up in central Oregon.

Short Term Forecast

An exciting early blanket of snow is covering the Cascades Friday morning. Elevations above 6,000 feet received about 6-12+ inches of snow. The highest snow totals fell around the Mt. Bachelor area where one individual and maybe more got some of the season's first turns. 

The view of Bachelor in the evening on Thursday, October 12th showed the skies clearing with the slopes and Sisters covered in snow. 

Another look at the snow takes us to Mt. Hood where the Hood Ski Bowl stayed all rain but their webcam allows for an awesome look at Hood. The snow level stayed right around the tree line at 6,000 feet.

Over the coming days, snow around the state will melt as temperatures warm and scattered rain moves in. This means that the recent snow will not be the start of the bases throughout the state. 

Forecast Ahead

Friday will stay warm and dry as clouds begin to move in off of the Pacific Ocean. 

Saturday, the annular solar eclipse will pass through the southern half of the state, beginning before 8:00 am and ending before 11:00 am. Viewing conditions will not be ideal, with mostly cloudy skies over much of the state preventing a clear view of the Ring of Fire around the Sun.

The Moon and clouds will block out most of the Sun's light, creating near darkness for the Ring of Fire Maximum path. This will still create a pretty cool effect for those in the eclipse path.

Despite not being in the direct path, some areas in central Oregon and further north will have partly clear skies during the eclipse with 75-85% of the Sun covered by the Moon.

You can keep a tab on the latest cloud cover forecast using the OpenSnow cloud cover map, which has the forecast up to 40 hours in advance. You can also use the Forecast Anywhere tool to view the percentage of cloud cover for any location!

On Saturday and Sunday, there will be a mix of sun and clouds with some rain showers in western Oregon. Rain showers will be scattered with some areas of sun for outdoor plans this weekend. 

On Monday, October 16th a storm system will approach from the west and move an area of rain through the state after 12 pm. Rain will be consistent until the evening and break up on the east side of the Cascades. 

A few rain showers will stay in northwestern Oregon on Tuesday, October 17th but stay dry with some sun shining in other parts of the state. 

Extended Forecast

High pressure moves in on Wednesday, October 18th, which will set us up for beautiful weather and above average temperatures for the remainder of the week and into the following weekend. 

Below is a look at the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) temperature (top) and precipitation (bottom) probabilities from Wednesday, October 18th through Sunday, October 22nd. 

We could see a return to rain and stormy weather sometime during the week of October 23rd. 

Early Season Posts

Thanks for reading and I will provide 1-2 posts a week for the early season reader and provide daily updates starting in November. The next post is on Monday, October 16th.

Zach Butler

About Our Forecaster

Zach Butler

Meteorologist

Zach Butler is currently a PhD student in Water Resources Science at Oregon State University. He just finished his master's in Applied Meteorology at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire. Originally from Maryland, he has grown up hiking and skiing up and down the East Coast. When not doing coursework, he enjoys cooking and exploring the pacific northwest on his bike.

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