: Randal Seaton at Mt. Bachelor. Photo credit: Mt. Bachelor

Powder Alert

More snow is on the way!
February 22, 2020

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


UPDATED Feb. 22, 2020:

Some great skiing on the way this weekend and early next week.

Conditions have really rounded into great mid-season form all around the state. Be aware of the old January ice layer that is deeply buried in most areas, but still is exposed in spots where the wind has scoured away the fresh snow.

As for freshies … it’ll be snowing all day Sunday in the Cascades and Northeast Oregon. We’re looking at 5 to 10 inches of new on Mt. Hood and 4 to 8 inches from Mt. Bachelor south during the day Sunday and Sunday night. Free refills for sure on Sunday. It’ll be stormy so don’t forget the goggles.

Monday is the POWDER ALERT day, thanks to the fresh snowfall Sunday and Sunday night. The snow will be winding down Monday, we should begin to see clearing and better weather in the afternoon. The snow level bottoms out around 2,000 feet in the morning, so this will be good quality powder.

Beginning Tuesday, it’s back to bluebird conditions. I’m not quite ready to call it spring skiing, but it’s trending in that direction with some really sunny and warm weather. The groomers will be fantastic, the off-piste classic Sunday and Monday but getting chunked out after that.

The clear, warm weather will be a draw all next week and into next weekend. Beginning Tuesday, remember to grab your sunglasses and don’t’ forget to slather on the sunscreen.

March is just around the corner, and that means two things: the sun is getting a lot stronger than it was in January, and my favorite ski month of the year is about to begin!

Enjoy the pow and the sun thereafter.

Happy turns,

Matt Zaffino

KGW Chief Meteorologist

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

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.


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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