According to NOAA, a winter storm is slowing moving its way into the Pacific Northwest. This storm is a relief for the west, after warm temperatures and a lack of snowfall has prevailed throughout the start of the 2016-17 winter. Alpental Summit, Mt. Baker, Mt. Hood Meadows, and Timberline Lodge are currently experiencing the front-end of the storm.
If NOAA’s current forecast holds true, Mount Hood could see upwards of 43″ of snow by the end of the week. This much snowfall could really get the ski season going for the PNW and it looks like the colder temperatures are going to stick around, which would allow for abundant snowmaking.
NOAA Short-term Forecast For The PNW:
“For the West, a cold front will continue to push inland and cross the
Rockies as another cold front follows suit Tuesday through Wednesday.
These fronts will spread precipitation to much of the Pacific Northwest,
Intermountain West and northern portions of the Great Basin. This second
system will be associated with a deepening upper-level trough, which will
gradually lower snow levels across the West as it moves inland. By Tuesday
night into Wednesday, snow will become more widespread across much of the
Intermountain West and northern Rockies, with rain in the valleys. The
highest elevations of the Cascades, Bitteroots, Sawtooths and the Lewis
Range could see several inches of snow over the next couple days.”
Mount Hood could be looking like this before we know it and ski season could be ON! We are hoping that temperatures stay low and that the current storm track holds. The Peaks of the Pacific North West should be hit good over the next few days, which will bring back winter. Next week is looking good too with the possibility of another storm arriving in this area on Tuesday! Until then, keep those snow dances going and winter might just return!