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Powder Alert

Happy holidays, the snow is coming!
Matt Zaffino, Guest Author
November 23, 2022

Let it Snow!

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

Please be sure to also check the Conditions Report for info on ski area operations (including closures due to storms and weather, as well as notices on current  avalanche forecasts).

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UPDATED Nov. 23, 2022:

Greetings skiers and riders! Yes, it’s disappointing that the lifts aren’t running for the holiday weekend, but they should be spinning not long after, as the Northwest undergoes a major weather pattern shift heading into December.

The massive ridge of high pressure that kept us dry for the middle two weeks of November is going to shift westward. This will allow cold storms to drop into the Northwest. The first substantial system to do that comes this Saturday night into Monday (this is a common pattern for a La Niña year).

The snow level will drop to 3,500 feet Saturday and down to 2,000 feet Sunday. Snowfall ramps up across the state from north to south Saturday night into Sunday. Snowfall totals should reach 12 inches in the north and 7-to-10 inches from Central down to Southern Oregon.

But check out the map below for snowfall totals through Tuesday morning:

Snowfall forecast map of Oregon

If these amounts materialize, most Oregon ski areas will double their bases by Tuesday morning.

And the good news doesn’t stop there. An even stronger storm with even colder air drops in Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. The snow level should drop to about 1,000 feet, easily blanketing even the lowest ski slopes in Oregon with heavy snow.

I’m seeing some impressive snow totals forecast into the end of next week, on the order of feet. The end of next week is ten days out, so confidence in those lofty powdery numbers is not extremely high. But the pattern shift that leads to those totals is encouraging.

It looks like it will remain cold, with below to well below average temperatures into early December.

Bottom line: we may be missing Thanksgiving weekend, but the weekend after may turn out to be fantastic, as Mother Nature keeps her powder dry. And deep.

Matt Zaffino
Chief Meteorologist
KGW TV, Portland

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Ski and Snowboard Safety

Those skiing in steep and ungroomed terrain should be familiar with Deep Snow Safety and become informed on traveling and recreating in avalanche terrain. Find more tips on skiing and snowboarding safety here. Avalanche forecasts are available through the Northwest Avalanche Center (Mt. Hood), Central Oregon Avalanche Center, and Wallowa Avalanche Center in Eastern Oregon.

Skiers and snowboarders should always follow the Skier’s Responsibility Code, which exists to raise awareness that there are elements of risk in snow sports that common sense and personal awareness can help reduce:

  1. Always stay in control and be able to stop or avoid other people or objects.
  2. People ahead of you have the right of way. It is your responsibility to avoid them.
  3. You must not stop where you obstruct a trail or are not visible from above.
  4. Whenever starting downhill or merging into a trail, look uphill and yield to others.
  5. Always use devices to help prevent runaway equipment.
  6. Observe all posted signs and warnings. Keep off closed trails and out of closed areas.
  7. Prior to using any lift, you must have the knowledge and ability to load, ride and unload safely.

 

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