Powder Alert March 23 — A Great Spring Break With Lots Of Fresh Snow
Note: This page will be updated frequently throughout the ski season to alert you of approaching storm systems and powder.
Not only are we getting new snow, we’re getting cold snow. The snow level drops to 1,000 feet over all of the Cascades Friday and Saturday. Both of those days are POWDER PICKS.
The snow may be a little deeper Saturday and the winds will be lighter, so that may end of being the better of the two days. But I’m splitting snowflakes here.
The northern Oregon Cascades pick up 10-20 inches of new snow by Saturday. Southern Oregon will be closer to two feet. We’re getting the snow where we need it the most, on Mt. Ashland up to Mt. Bachelor.
Anthony Lakes in Eastern Oregon will as usual see a little less snowfall, more like 6-8 inches new by Saturday. But it will be high quality fluff, especially Saturday and Sunday.
A secondary storm system drops down to the Southern Oregon coast and inland Saturday night, and this should enhance snowfall once again over Southern Oregon. So add Sunday as a POWDER PICK for Mt. Ashland and Mt. Bachelor.
And the good news doesn’t end there, it just changes. Our weather pattern shifts to a warm and dry one next week. We should still have winter conditions Monday morning, but as the clouds clear, the snow will start to thicken up under the strong March sun. Tuesday through Thursday we’ve got bluebird days and mild weather. The snow will firm up and hopefully even corn up later in the week as we go into an overnight freeze, day-time soften pattern.
A weak system may bring clouds and light snow Friday, but at this point it looks like more bluebird as we head into Easter Sunday.
Northwest snowpack usually peaks around April 1, and that will likely be the case this year.
Have a great Spring Break with lots of skiing!
KGW TV Chief Meteorologist
Be sure to check the Ski Areas & Sno-Parks page where we’ll have frequently updated snowfall totals for all the ski areas across Oregon.