NOAA has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the eastern slopes of the central Oregon Cascades from Tuesday night through Wednesday night. The storm will bring heavy snow to the area, with Mount Bachelor ski resort looking good for up to 20-28″ over the course of the week.
...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH WEDNESDAY EVENING... * WHAT...Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 7 to 13 inches possible. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph causing blowing and drifting of snow. * WHERE...East Slopes of the Oregon Cascades. * WHEN...From Tuesday afternoon through Wednesday evening. * IMPACTS...Travel could be very difficult to impossible. Areas of blowing snow could significantly reduce visibility. The hazardous conditions could impact the morning or evening commute.
Up to a foot of snow is possible throughout Monday, with snowfall getting heavier Tuesday into Wednesday with the potential for up to 20″ in that 24-hour period.
Expect snow accumulation down to 3,000-feet, and temperatures to drop to the low-teens, with below zero wind-chill.
Winter hasn’t been kind to Oregon so far and Mount Bachelor resort has yet to open. However, this latest storm looks super promising, and the resort plans to kick off their season on Friday 29th November with their ‘HOPEning Day’, an action-packed afternoon on the snow, whether lifts are spinning or not.
Other resorts in the area that could also see in excess of 20″ are Mt. Hood Meadows, Mt. Ashland, and Timberline Lodge.