The winter storm that began smashing Oregon Thursday hasn’t done much to ease the drought. According to the Associated Press, snowpacks across most of the state Friday were less than half of normal. The drought index is still severe to moderate.
Ryan Sandler, a National Weather Service meteorologist, says we have a long climb to get back to normal. He says it’ll take near-record rain and snow for the next three-months to replenish the snowpack to where it should be.
The snowpack in the Williamette Basin, from Portland to Eugene, is at 32 percent . The areas with the highest snowpacks are around Baker City, Pendleton and Enterprise, between 70 and 77 percent of normal.
Photo: courtesy Associated Press