It’s a common question across the Northwest.
“Where’s the snow?”
Last week we discusses how the Washington snowpack is well below where it should be for this time of year. Oregon is in a similar situation with the statwide snowpack 57% of what it should in mid-December. Scott Oviatt with NRCS said the light snowfall is extremely bad news, following three year of very dry conditions.
“Currently, 2/3 of the state is in extreme drought or greater according to the national drough monitor, and over the past 180 days up at our SNOWTEL sites we only have a handful of sites, and those are in the upper elevation of the Blue Mountains, and the Wallowa’s that are anywhere close to approaching normal.”
Oviatt says unlike Washington, Oregon is not even receiving rain showers in the higher elevations. He noted while it’s not time to panic, he said time is already starting to become an issue.
“There’s still time, we’ve had years where we’ve had late season snow accumulation to get us near normal, however, everyday that passes us, that much less available water is accumulating.”
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