GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. – Blizzard conditions on Mt. Hood caused officials to cancel Tuesday’s snow survey.
“Given the current road conditions, we have decided to move our survey date to this Thursday, the 31st,” explained Julie Koeberle, a hydrologist with Natural Resources Conservation Service of Oregon.
She said the statewide snowpack had been below normal across the board. But Monday’s heavy snowfall clearly bumped levels up considerably.
“Let's hope those percentages keep climbing,” she said. “Since January 26th, Mt. Hood SNOTEL site has received 32 new inches of snow and counting! Right now there is 111 inches on the ground. As of midnight, the snowpack at the site was at 82% of normal."
The snow surveys are routinely conducted once a month during January, February, March, April and May, in order to track levels on the mountain.
This month’s official snow survey is now set to take place Thursday afternoon near Timberline ski area. KGW will share results once they are released.
Background: March 2012 snow survey