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By Zach Butler, Meteorologist Posted 1 month ago February 26, 2024

Snow Reports - More Heavy Snow to Come


Snow reports are deep (6-16 in) as of Monday morning. Heavy snow will continue on Monday as winds remain strong. Snow lightens on Tuesday with weakening winds. The next AR and storm move in Wednesday, which will bring rising snow levels. Colder air moves in Thursday with snow continuing through Friday and into the weekend. Snow totals this week will range from 2-4+ ft and be heaviest around Hood.

Short Term Forecast

The storm is here and the first tracks on Monday morning will be deep with a foot of fresh snow for many areas. The latest snow reports are coming in and looking at LiveSnow shows a wider look at the snow accumulations over the past 24 hrs.

There are no significant changes in the forecast since the previous forecast on Sunday morning. Let's take a brief look at what's expected and the main threats with Storm 1 then check out the latest developments with Storm 2.

Forecast on Monday, February 26th and Tuesday, February 27th:

Storm 1 will continue to bring moderate and heavy snow throughout Oregon on Monday lowering snow levels to 1,000 feet, with even some snow accumulations on valley floors. Snowfall rates will be 1-3 in/hr throughout the day, bringing free refills throughout the day. It will be a fun day if the mountains can stay open, which might be a factor due to the high wind and heavy snow threat.

Winds will slowly weaken on Monday but still be a hazard throughout Oregon with winds sustained at 20-40 mph and gusts over 50 mph. Winds will continue to weaken into Tuesday, making for a less hazardous day on the mountain.

Snow showers will continue overnight into Tuesday, making for another deep set of first tracks at 4-10 inches thanks to our friend orographic lift. Snow showers will remain moderate on Tuesday morning but weaken by the afternoon and especially the evening. Total snow accumulations on Monday and Tuesday will be 12-24 inches with the high end of this range toward Mt. Hood and slowly decreasing to the south.

Forecast from Wednesday, February 28th through Friday, March 1st:

Storm 2 will be a stronger storm system with higher amounts of moisture. This atmospheric river (AR) will strengthen as it approaches Oregon and send the moisture and warmer air into interior areas of the Pacific Northwest. Check out the AR forecast of moisture transport on Thursday morning! It is not too often that this much transport reaches interior areas of the PNW.

Wednesday will see scattered snow showers as the main wave of the AR moves in late Wednesday into Thursday morning. During this period, snow levels will rise from 1,000 feet to around 5,000 - 5,500 feet. This will still bring snow to many areas but could mean a few resorts see rain or very wet snow at the bases. Mid-mountains will still be safe, but the snow will become much more dense as snow ratios decrease to 6-8:1.

As the main AR moves through Thursday early morning, snow levels will drop as a cold front lowers snow levels back to 2,000 - 3,000 and stay around those elevations on Friday. Snow showers will continue throughout Thursday and into Friday as orographic lift intensifies over the mountains.

This orographic lift scenario on Thursday and Friday is not as favorable as the early week storm, but will still bring freshies throughout both days. Additionally, despite the higher amounts of moisture with this AR, the warmer air mass will cause snow accumulations to be lower through Storm 2 vs Storm 1. Snow accumulations will still be nothing to pass by with Storm 2 bringing 1-2 feet of snow!

Storm totals from Monday through Friday are still on track to range from 2-4+ feet! The best chance of overachieving this range will be around Mt. Hood. Below is a look at the National Blend of Model’s (NBM) forecasted snow accumulations from Monday, February 26th through Friday, March 1st.

  • See the table below for more accurate representations of snowfall at each resort.
  • The range in snow totals is slightly larger now because the rise in snow levels on Wednesday will affect snow accumulations.

Winds during Storm 2 will be very strong with the AR from Wednesday evening through Thursday morning with gusts around 70 mph! They will weaken slightly throughout Thursday but gusts will still reach 60 mph. Expect wind delays with this storm and a less hazardous day on Friday as winds gust only to 40 mph. 

Extended Forecast

We will continue to see rounds of snow this weekend as storm systems continue to spin off the PNW coast. These storms continue to look cold, which will keep snow levels low and snow ratios high. Expect light snow accumulations each day with moderate storm total accumulations this weekend.

Looking toward next week on Monday, March 4th will continue to see active weather although there is uncertainty related to where storms will directly impact. The Pacific jet stream will stay strong and bring storms to the West Coast of North America. It is unclear whether these storms continue to center on the PNW or slide north into British Columbia. Despite this uncertainty, these storms will bring large swaths of precipitation, which should bring some snow accumulations either way.

Below is a look at the ensemble forecasted 24-hour snow accumulations @ Mt. Hood Meadows. The boxes highlight the storm time frames and snow accumulation from Monday, February 26th through Monday, March 11th.

Description: The graphic above shows 51 versions of the European ensemble model (top) on the y-axis (vertical) and 15 days from left to right on the x-axis (horizontal). Each colored rectangle shows a chance for snow (inches - see scale on right). The more the colors are aligned vertically, the higher the confidence in the forecast.

Have a great powder day and many more to come. I will have the next update on Wednesday @ 8 am.

Zach Butler


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Zach Butler


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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