: Mt Hood. Photo by Mark McInnis

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January 2, 2019

The New Year Brings A Series of New Storms!

Note: This page will be updated frequently throughout the ski season to alert you of approaching storm systems and powder.


I hope you got some turns in over the holidays. Looking back at where our snowpack was on January 1, 2018, Oregon’s mountains are doing better than a year ago by about 50 percent. For example, on New Year’s Day Timberline reported a 75 inches base, compared to 50 inches on January 1, 2018.

And there’s good news coming for the rest of the week:

A storm blows in Thursday night bringing snow from about Hoodoo northward to the resorts of Mt. Hood (Mt. Hood MeadowsMt. Hood SkibowlTimberline Lodge & Ski Area and Summit Ski Area) and Anthony Lakes. Friday will be the Powder Pick, as snow levels drop below 4,000 feet and 3 to 6 inches freshens the slopes.

For central and southern Oregon including Mt. BachelorHoodoo Ski Area, Willamette Pass Resort and Mt. Ashland, this storm will bring about 2 to 4 inches. Snow levels will drop to 4,000 feet during the day Friday. This storm will also bring gusty winds, so plan on a blustery day Friday but otherwise good conditions.

As we head into the first weekend of the New Year, southern and central Oregon become the focus of fresh flakes.

A storm heading into northern California will keep the snow levels down to around 3,000 feet across Oregon, and the heavier snow will fall from Mt. Bachelor south. It should be a great weekend for fresh tracks statewide, but the southern parts of Oregon will see more snow than the north, with 4 to 8 inches falling over the weekend from central Oregon south, and 2 to 4 inches on the ski resorts of Mt. Hood.

Additional systems arrive Monday and Tuesday to keep the snow flying at all resorts. Snow levels will rise to about 4,000 feet Monday, but come back down Tuesday. Right now the Tuesday system looks like a bigger snow producer, with the heavy snow bullseye returning to northern Oregon.

Long-range guidance indicates a dry but cool pattern may develop late next week, preserving our snowpack and excellent conditions.

Happy New Years and Happy Trails,

Matt Zaffino

KGW Chief Meteorologist

Be sure to also check the Conditions Report for current info on ski area operations and upcoming events.

About The

Matt Zaffino
KGW News Chief Meteorologist Matt Zaffino has been forecasting weather in Oregon for 32 years. He’s an avid skier and outdoor lover who’s summited most of the major Cascade peaks and run sixteen marathons. Matt lives in Portland with his wife and five-year-old son who’s been on skis ever since he could walk.

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