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"Epic" today's buzz word

by Dave Salesky

Posted on December 19, 2007 at 9:06 AM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 4 at 2:47 PM

So here it is Wednesday morning and I'm chained to camera five doing cutins while I watch and report about the snow falling in the Cascades. I'm green with envy for those who are able to get some time in on the slope today.

Not to pour any salt in the wound Amy Troy, just came by the weather center to check on snow conditions. Amy, has been dubbed our snow bunny today. She's been dispatched up to Mt. Hood to report on travel and ski conditions. Amy's a big skier, when I told her about the snow coming over the next few days she said "Epic" conditions on the hill. Then she muttered something about picking up her skis on the way up to Mt Hood. You don't suppose she plans on making a few runs during her lunch hour?


Timberline Lodge and Mt Hood Meadow both report 9" of new snow overnight. Both resorts reported snow totals about 50% of average last weekend. With all the new snow coming this week and weekend snow totals could easily reach 100 to 110% of average! Yes we're going to see that much snow!


Extended forecasts call for a brief lull in the precipitation Friday, Then another be storm arrives an brings more rain to the valley and snow in the mountains. Christmas eve will be fairly soggy in Portland. Christmas day I think we'll see another break with mostly cloudy skies and showery conditions.


For those of you wondering about the chance of a White Christmas in Portland, here are the facts. Over the past 75 years there is a 60% chance of preciptitation in the Rose City on Christmas day. However there is less than a 1% chance that the preciptitation will be snow. Sorry...

Dave Salesky