Cooler than normal weather combined with lots of precipitation over the past month has pushed Oregon’s snowpack to record levels at many locations. Pete Springer reports.
Oregon’s snowpack statewide is nearly 160 percent of average for this time of year.
And while it’s nothing new for places like the Blue Mountains and the Cascades to have a deep blanket of snow this time of year, it’s the coast range that is really raising eyebrows.
That’s because the snowpack in the coast range is a whopping 474% of average.
Jon Lea is a hydrologist with the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service. He says the snow will eventually melt, but just how fast depends on spring rainfall and temperatures.
Jon Lea: “There is a lot of snow up there but as temperatures stay cool, which is what the forecast is basically calling for, it should come off in a pretty decent form and not a lot of real high water and big run off.”
Lea says that most of the snowfall records this year happened at snow survey sites below 4000 feet – which he says is unusual.