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Arctic blast helps build Mt. Hood snowpack

Arctic blast helps build Mt. Hood snowpack

by KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill

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Posted on February 9, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 10 at 2:10 AM

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. -- Six days of Arctic air triggered more than two feet of new snowfall on Mt. Hood, improving the overall snowpack.

  Both Mt. Hood Meadows and Timberline resorts report 26 inches of new snow.  Low snow levels also helped Mt. Hood Skibowl build a two-foot base over the resort's front slope.  The above graphic shows how the Mt. Hood snowpack has grown from 40 percent of normal back on January 1st, to 64 percent of normal as of February 9th. 

Forecast models show several storm systems this coming week and heavy snowfall above 5,000 feet of 2 - 3 feet. 

Snow projections through next weekend would build the Mt. Hood snowpack to more than 70 percent of normal for the season to date.  While we might not catch up completely, it is for the first time looking more likely that the north Oregon Cascades will see better than 50 percent snowpack for the season, which ends April 30th in terms of the main snow season.

Keep an eye on the forecast this week as heavy mountain snow, high coast winds and heavy valley rain are all expected!

Meteorologist Rod Hill, follow me @

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