The Cascades To Get Dumped on Again

The Cascades To Get Dumped on Again


The Cascades To Get Dumped on Again


I’m married with 2 kids so I can’t just pack up and move where it snows, but if you are single and mobile I hope you have spent your time in the Pacific NW this Winter.  The pattern across most of the country has been below average for snowfall but the dumps have consistently come to Mt. Baker this season.  There is plenty more on the way with feet of snow coming this weekend and through next week.

Mt. Baker has a base of 11 to 14 feet and down at Mt. Bachelor they have picked up 244 inches so far this season.  The ridge off the coast of CA has kept the storms aimed at the Pacific NW a lot of the season so far and we will see more of the same pattern this week.  There will be a little light snow tonight in Friday with a few inches for the mountains.  That is ahead of a much bigger storm for the weekend.

The storm will move in Friday night and last into Sunday.  This will be a cold storm so it will be all snow for the moutains and ski resorts.  By Sunday we should see 1-2 feet in the Cascades of Washington and Oregon.  Here is the snowfall forecast from TWC which is 24 hours short so you can double the amounts.  Some of the forecast models put a bullseye right over Mt. Hood of 2-3 feet.

The next storm moving in for Sunday night into Monday is weaker and the track may take it off the coast or into Oregon.  It looks like a few more inches of snow with maybe several inches in Oregon.

There will pretty much be a system moving through each day through the week.  The forecast models disagree on the strength of each storm but overall they look like light-moderate snow producers through Thursday.  It does look like the snow levels will come up to 4500-5000 ft. Tuesday and then drop below 4000 ft. on Wednesday.  Here is the GFS snowfall forecast through the middle of next week showing 2-3 feet in dark purple.

The next big storm looks like it could be next Thursday into Friday with snow levels falling pretty low by Friday.  This storm could bring another foot or two.  That’s is still a week away so the forecast could change a little but the forecast models have been pretty cosistent with it so far.  By the end of next week the total precipitation forecast looks like this, showing enough liquid for 2-4 feet of snow in yellow and 4-6 feet in the orange.

Looking at the long-range forecast models and teleconnection patterns it looks like we could see more of the same week 2.  It’s only mid-February so there is still a lot of Winter and snow to come, and plenty of time to still make the road trip if you aren’t in the Pacific NW already.  BA


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