Snow drought makes for a mediocre ski season

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Mt. Washington, Sanitam Pass

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Posted on January 30, 2014 at 10:31 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 31 at 11:04 AM

PORTLAND -- Rain has returned to the Willamette Valley this week but it'll take a lot more to make up for snow shortfalls at local ski runs.

Some ski resorts Hoodoo are really hurting. Typically this time of year the region would see close to 100 inches of precipitation. So far this year, we’ve have 19 inches of perception.

Hoodoo is now halfway through the season and it's still closed. This year's snow pack for the Willamette Valley basin is 24 percent of normal. Levels at the Santiam Pass measuring site are just eight percent of normal. Things are a little better in the Mount Hood basin; it's at 34 percent of normal.

Winter skiing isn’t the only concern. Some also worry about how love snow levels will impact will impact our summer.

 

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