PORTLAND -- The weekend storm brought the first heavy moisture to the Portland area since Dec. 1.
Ski resorts are celebrating a solid base of snow on Mt. Hood after more than two feet of fresh powder fell Saturday and Sunday. The photo above shows a blustery snowy day at Mt. Hood Meadows, where a base of 54 inches was being reported Monday morning.
Timberline Lodge reported a base of 63 inches on the ground, while Skibowl had more than a foot covering its front slope. The Mt. Hood snow pack has risen from 44 percent of normal to 56 percent thanks to the weekend storm.
In the valley, a wet Saturday and Sunday morning dropped nearly an inch of total rain. While the rain storm has caught January up to date, a dry water year remains in place with a deficit of more than 8 inches at PDX.
Forecast models show a quick return to a dry weather pattern. At present, no big storms are showing up through the end of January, meaning below normal precipitation is expected.