After cold, wet February, Oregon's snowpack levels increase significantly

Oregon snowpack Feb. 19, 2019 - USDA image

PORTLAND, Ore. – A cold, wet February has helped put Oregon’s snowpack levels back in the green.

Most of the state, with the exception of the Willamette Valley, Western Columbia River Gorge, and Northwest Oregon Cascades, has reached 90 percent of its median snow water equivalent.

“The snowpack across Oregon has improved dramatically. This spring when the snowpack melts it will fill reservoirs and rivers. Good news for fish, hydropower planners and recreation,” KATU Meteorologist Dave Salesky said in a Facebook post.

Eastern Oregon levels are the best. Most areas have surpassed the annual median snowpack levels.

Central Oregon, the Klamath area, and the Southwest part of the state have snowpack levels at 90 percent or more.

The Willamette Valley, Western Columbia River Gorge, and Northwest Oregon Cascades have between 77 and 83 percent of their median snowpack levels.

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