Long term freeze and no more snow forecast


After snow blankets the Willamette Valley on Sunday, slippery roads and freezing temperatures will greet residents on Monday morning.

Check here for the latest weather and traffic updates you may encounter this week.

Follow reporters’ coverage of the storms from the Statesman Journal here.

12:15 pm Monday: The drive to the Oregon ski areas takes longer, but conditions are “exceptional”

Oregon ski areas received 18 to 30 inches of fresh snow over Christmas weekend, resulting in excellent skiing and snowboarding conditions.

Matthew McFarland, manager of the Hoodoo ski area on the Santiam Pass east of Salem, said the snowy and slippery roads meant people took a little longer to reach the ski area but saw parking. quite full at 10 o’clock.

He said that during a week’s vacation in general, it was strongly suggested that people arrive before 9 a.m. to secure a parking space. He said this will likely become the case as the roads become easier to drive and people move out of their homes in the Willamette Valley.

Night skiing begins at Hoodoo on Monday.

“We are seeing good numbers, it just takes people longer to get here,” he said. “As the week goes on, I think people will want to get here earlier and earlier to have the best possible experience, or wait until around 1pm to go night skiing.”

(Updates continue below)

12:10 p.m. Monday: Oregon mountain snowpack moves well above average

Oregon’s snowpack has increased significantly in recent weeks, with mountain snow falling from well below average at the start of the month to well above average on December 27.

Oregon’s snowpack was 126% of normal on Monday.

The map, seen above, examines the amount of snow water equivalent – the amount of mountain snow in general – compared to the median amount of snow at that time in the range of years 1991 to 2020.

Oregon snowpack map as of December 27, 2021.

Over the weekend, the Oregon Mountains received up to 27 new inches of snow around Mount Hood to 18 inches of new snow over Santiam Pass.

11:20 am Monday: Take a look back at Salem’s heaviest snowfall

Salem had a lot of snow over Christmas weekend, but that didn’t match the heaviest snow days on record in the capital.

The largest day of snowfall was on February 1, 1937, when McNary Field received 25 inches of snow, according to data from the National Weather Service.

The remainder of the five snowiest days in Salem’s history – which dates back to the late 1890s – includes:

  • 2: December 10, 1919: 17.5 inches of snow
  • 3: February 19, 1993: 12 inches
  • 4: January 15, 1930: 11 inches
  • 5: January 21, 1943: 10.8 inches

-Zach Urness

Monday at 11:00 am: Total weekend snowfall around Salem, Willamette Valley, mountains

Snowfall totals over the Christmas weekend brought large numbers to Salem and the surrounding foothills and mountains.

Most of the Salem and Keizer area recorded 2-5 inches of snow Saturday through Sunday, with an additional 2-3 inches Sunday and Monday night, to bring the totals so far to around 4 to 8 inches in the greater Salem region.

Dallas registered 8 inches over the weekend and probably added an extra 3-5 inches, bringing in about a foot of snow in total.

The numbers got even bigger in the mountains, with Santiam Pass adding about 18 inches of fresh snow over the weekend and through Monday, while the Mount Hood Meadows ski area got 27 inches in 24.

To see a full list of observed snowfall totals for the weekend, simply follow this link to the National Weather Service page. Meteorologists said adding 2 to 3 inches to the totals seen in the valley, and 4 to 7 inches in the higher elevations and foothills, would get a near-precision mark on Monday morning.

“The amount of snow that really seems to change from place to place,” said Gerald Macke, NWS weather technician.

-Zach Urness

10:18 a.m. Monday: forecast for prolonged frost, no more snow this evening, weekend

Cold air keeping temperatures near freezing in the Willamette Valley, bringing snow and slippery roads, is expected to stick around, according to the National Weather Service of Portland.

That probably means another 1-2 inches of snow in the Salem and Willamette Valley area overnight, with a bit more in the higher elevations.

This snow is likely to stay at least until the end of the week, if not longer.

Wednesday looks clear and cold, which means the snow will remain. But the big question centers on Thursday and Friday, when new humidity is expected to arrive.

Temperatures Thursday and Friday are expected to increase somewhat in the Willamette Valley, but it is not yet clear whether that will mean a rain-snow mix or all snow, said Gerald Macke, NWS weather technician.

“Thursday and Friday are the ones to watch,” he said. “We don’t have a good grasp on it yet, but we will start to delve into it today and tomorrow, once we get past this current system.

“It’s going to warm up a bit, but it’s unclear how the snow on the ground might impact the temperature – potentially staying cooler than it normally would be.”

Long term, temperatures are expected to stay in the 30s all week, through the weekend and beyond.

“I don’t imagine it’s going to stay that cold for two weeks – that would be very unusual – but there isn’t much light at the end of the tunnel for it to warm up anytime soon,” he said. declared.

–Zach Urness

9:36 a.m. Monday: about 6,700 without power in Oregon

About 6,000 customers are without power in western Oregon due to the winter storm, according to data from various utilities.

PGE reported 2,241 without power, mostly in the Mount Hood and government camp area.

Pacific Power reported over 2,600 without power, although that only included 120 in the Salem area while the vast majority were in the Roseburg area and southern Oregon.

Consumers Power Inc. reported 1,857 outages, primarily in Lincoln County, where 1,239 homes were without power.

–Zach Urness

7:55 am Monday: Next snow will arrive Monday evening

A winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service details the next system that is expected to bring snow through the Willamette Valley. Officials say snow will likely arrive Monday evening through Tuesday morning, diminishing in the afternoon.

A total of about 1 to 3 inches is forecast for Salem and most of the region. Most snowfall is expected late tonight and early Tuesday morning.

A break in the snow on Monday will still leave the region’s roads slippery with possible black ice after temperatures drop below freezing in the early morning hours.

Temperatures are expected to peak at around 32 degrees today.

Closures, delays:Mid-Willamette Valley closures and delays for Monday

No more snow forecasts until Thursday

The National Weather Service is forecasting two more snowstorms in the Salem area through Thursday.

“We think Tuesday there’s a good chance for a weaker snowstorm, that says less than half an inch,” said Gerald Macke, NWS weather technician. “And then on Thursday we’ll start again with low level snow, not a lot yet, probably less than half an inch.

The overnight lows were expected to be in the 1920s for the rest of the week. And the snow that fell could linger as daytime highs are expected to barely and briefly exceed freezing until Thursday, when it is finally expected to hit 40 degrees.

Macke said road conditions could be dangerous for the next few days, with ice being a major concern.

“Beware at night because this stuff, when it melts, it will definitely refreeze and it will be a lot smoother, shinier and more slippery than when it first fell,” he said.

Much more snow fell outside of Salem.

“You don’t have to go far to get double what you got in Salem,” Macke said.

Silver Falls State Park had 10 inches of snow Sunday afternoon and the foothills of the Cascade Mountains hit a foot, he said.

“If you go to Willamina, Grande Ronde, that way six inches is very common there,” Macke said.

–Bill Poehler

Salem comes out of the snow

Most of the main roads around Salem were cleared on Sunday as crews from the city and the Oregon Department of Transportation plowed in vengeance.

The City of Salem Road Map provides information on priority and secondary snow routes. The information is based on the amount of traffic received.

The map can be filtered and zoomed in and out to find information about your area.

It can be found at: https://www.cityofsalem.net/Pages/current-road-conditions.aspx

The city said it will plow, sand and add de-icer to city streets on Sunday night.

Drivers were invited to:

  • Reduce speed and allow extra distance
  • Be careful on tight turns and expect longer stopping distances
  • Leave room for the snow plows and only pass if necessary
  • Clear snow and ice from your vehicle
  • Take a shovel and sand or cat litter for emergency pulling assistance
  • Keep an emergency supply kit in your vehicle that includes blanket, food and water

–Bill Poehler

Opening of heated shelters in Salem and Willamette Valley

Several heated shelters will be open Sunday night in and around Salem, according to Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action.

The shelters are:

  • Salem First Presbyterian, 770 Chemeketa Street NE, Salem, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Safesleep, 1910 Front Street NE, Salem, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., women only.
  • Union Gospel Mission, 777 Commercial Street NE, Salem, 5 p.m. to 7 a.m., men only.
  • Polk County Warming Center, 437 D. Street, Independence, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Seed of Faith Outreach Ministries, 853 Medical Center Drive NE, Salem, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • InsideOut Refuge Warming Center, 1910 Front Street NE, Salem, 9 p.m. to 8 a.m., families, single women and couples.
  • The Santiam Outreach Community Center, 280 NE Santiam Boulevard, Mill City, will remain open until temperatures reach 34 degrees.

–Bill Poehler


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