Snowpacks aren’t built in a week.
But they can get quite a lot deeper.
A relentless series of storms over the past several days brought prodigious amounts of snow to Northeastern Oregon.
Snow totals are especially impressive in the southern part of the Wallowa Mountains.
An automated snow-measuring station at Schneider Meadows, in eastern Baker County north of Halfway, recorded 39 inches of snow in the six-day period Feb. 8-13. That boosted the snow depth to 114 inches.
“It’s been quite a week,” said Sara Atley, manager at Cornucopia Lodge in the Wallowas about 12 miles north of Halfway. “We’ve gotten so much snow in a short period.”
Although the winter of 2016-17 ranks for many as the most memorable in the past couple decades, with deep snow and frigid temperatures even in the valleys, after this week’s wintry onslaught several mountain sites have more snow than they did in mid-February 2017.
Schneider Meadows is one of those. The water content of the snow there was 27.6 inches on Thursday morning. On the same day in 2017 the water content, which is the standard snowpack measurement, rather than snow depth, was 22.6 inches.