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By Zach Butler, Meteorologist Posted 2 months ago December 9, 2023

Light Snow Saturday Changes to Heavy Rain Sunday

Summary

Mt. Bachelor, Mt. Hood Meadows, and Timberline are skiing on just over a foot of fresh snow for reopening and opening day. A few snow showers will make skiing fun on Saturday with warm air changing snow to heavy rain w/ strong wind and some high-elevation snow making it very wet on Sunday. Northeastern Oregon looks to see mostly snow from this storm through Monday. Next week looks dry and quiet.

Update

Fresh snow and clear skies made it a great reopening day at Mt. Bachelor. Mt. Hood Meadows and Timberline are joining the party as well today (Saturday). Check out the three resorts on Friday evening with a foot or more of fresh snow on the ground.

Forecast on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday:

A few snow showers will affect the Cascades during the late morning and afternoon adding a couple of inches of snow to the opening day party. Winds will be weak in the morning but strengthen during the afternoon as the next storm approaches. Expect wind gusts over 30 mph after 1 pm.

Get your skiing in on Saturday because the storm system will move warm air in on Sunday with heavy rain and some high-elevation snow. Snow levels will rise quickly on Saturday evening. Expect snow levels above 7,000-7,500 feet by Sunday morning, which will remain steady throughout the day.

This atmospheric river has pointed toward Oregon and Washington, which will bring heavy precipitation on Sunday. A few wet snowflakes could fly at resorts, but will not accumulate unless you get above 7,500 feet toward the highest peaks. 

Rain will be heaviest around Mt. Hood with 3-4 inches likely and possibly more. Winds will be gusty over 30 mph, making it a raw day on the slopes if resorts open, which I advise not to. A few rain and snow showers will move to the east on Monday morning with clearing during the afternoon.

While the Cascades see a mix of rain and snow, northeastern Oregon will see all snow through the Blue and Wallowa mountains above 4,500 feet. This will bring 10-15 inches of snow, which should allow Ski Anothy Lakes to open next weekend.

Below is a look at the National Blend of Model’s (NBM) forecasted precipitation accumulations from Saturday, December 9th through Monday, December 11th. Most of this will be rain through the Cascades.

Below is a look at the NAM model's forecasted snow accumulations from Saturday, December 9th through Monday, December 11th.

Forecast on Tuesday and Wednesday:

Most clouds will clear Oregon setting us up for a couple of seasonable and beautiful days. Soak up the sun!

Forecast on Thursday, December 14th, and Thereafter:

The next chance of precipitation will come on Thursday, December 14th as a weak storm pushes to the north of the PNW. I do not have a lot of confidence in this storm yet due to model inconsistency and the large high pressure to the west. This high pressure should move storms to the north and weaken them as they approach Oregon. 

A few more weak storms will move to the north after Thursday, December 14th, with low chances of precipitation through Sunday, December 17th.

Happy skiing and riding! I will have the next forecast on Monday.

Zach Butler

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Zach Butler

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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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