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Where is the snow in Okanogan Country?

Cold storm system could change slow start to winter

— Snow is expected this week in the Cascades and the Okanogan Valley can expect frigid temperatures through the week.

An additional 2-4 inches of snow is expected in the North Cascades this week, but that will still leave snow depth lower than usual for this time of the year.

Since it’s still early in the season, forecasts for the winter months aren’t yet available, said Stan Janowicz of the Natural Resource Conservation Service in Okanogan.

The National Weather Service predicts a cold storm system will bring moderate to heavy snow to the higher elevations of Northeast Washington and near the Cascade passes.

Colder air is expected by mid-week throughout the region; a winter weather advisory was in effect Monday.

For the Okanogan Valley and into Ferry County, a hazardous weather outlook was issued Monday, with “much colder” air pushing into the area Monday and Tuesday, the National Weather Service said.

Wind is expected, with temperatures dipping into the teens to lower 20s during the days and temperatures dropping into the single digits during the nights.

As of Dec. 1, the Snotel measuring site at Salmon Meadows, northwest of Conconully, showed 4 inches of snow.

The site, at 4,460 feet, showed 3-4 inches of snow for the past week.

That compares with 17 inches of snow on Dec. 1 last year.

For the same date, the site recorded 7 inches in 2011, 9 inches in 2010, 12 inches in 2009 and 1 inch in 2008.

The Dec. 1 Snotel measurement for Moses Mountain, at 5,010 feet, was 7 inches.

The site had 6-7 inches the previous week.

On Dec. 1, 2012, the site had 21 inches of snow.

For the same date, the site recorded 13 inches in 2011 and 2010, 12 inches in 2009 and 1 inch in 2008.

Hart’s Pass, northwest of Winthrop, recorded 24 inches of snow on Dec. 1, but that increased to 37 inches on Monday.

The site, at 6,490 feet, had 38 inches on Dec. 1, 2012; 60 inches in 2011, 41 inches in 2010, 45 inches in 2009 and 19 inches in 2008.

According to the National Weather Service, Omak had 0.99 inch of precipitation during November. The record maximum was 3.76 inches in 1944 and the record minimum was a trace in 1976, the start of the record drought year of 1976-77.

The highest temperature was 57 degrees on Nov. 19 and the lowest was 9 degrees on Nov. 23.

The record high was 70 degrees on Nov. 24, 1933, and the record low was 6 below on Nov. 24, 2010.

In November 1955, the city had a record snowfall of 19.5 inches.

In November 2013, there was no recorded snowfall; snow fell on just one day during the month.


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