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Another Year of Low Snowpack

Liz McGiffin

The lowest snow pack levels in Oregon to start the year are in the Rogue, Umpqua & Klamath basins, where snowpack kicked off 2015 at 37% of normal. This is a slight improvement from a year ago, when snowpacks were less than 20% of normal in these basins.
Today, the reporting station at Mount Ashland recorded a snow depth level of only 13 inches.

Crater Lake is one area that has been seeing low snow pack. Currently, Crater Lake is reporting a snow depth of 28 inches. This time last year, snow depth was 32 inches (thanks to a big snow even that happened on January, 12 2014). On average, Crater Lake sees a snow depth around 78 inches on January 13.

It's not only Crater Lake that has been seeing snow levels much below normal, but of course ski areas. Both Mount Shasta and Mount Ashland have about 10-18 inches of snow at their base, which is not enough to open for skiing and snowboarding. Both areas are remaining closed while they wait for another big storm to bring more snow to the resorts.

There is another system moving bringing rain to the area by the weekend. Right now, snow levels are foretasted to be at 6,000 feet and above, so keep those snow dances going!

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