Oregon SnowSeptember 27th, 2013 at 3:39 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, Weather
Click on the picture (from the Crater Lake National Park facebook page). These are kids with Ranger Krista enjoying a September snow day! Officially 8″ of snow blanketed the park in 24-hours. The heavy snow came more than a month earlier than the average first snowfall. Here’s what the Crater Lake Lodge looked like Thursday morning. This was the earliest snow in the park since 1986. The snowfall resulted in the closures of Crater Lake’s West Rim Drive, East Rim Drive, North Entrance and Pinnacles Road Wednesday. The snow was sticking to the roads. The heaviest snow was generally above 6,000 foot elevation, with 1-3″ below that level. The Crater Lake weather station averages 533″ of snow each winter. The record is 879″ in the winter of 1932-33 and the record snow depth was 258″ in 1983. Crater Lake is the deepest lake in the U.S. at 1,943 feet, making it more than twice as deep as the deepest point in Lake Michigan. It’s been cool over much of the West. High temperatures Thursday: 47 Grant Co., Oregon, 48 Rome, Oregon, 46 Elko, Nevada, 44 Sandpoint, Idaho, 41 Lewistown, Montana, 44 Dillon, Montana, 74 Las Vegas, Nevada. Finally, check out some pictures of heavy snow at Crater Lake.