Washington Snow Report

June 15 2024
Active Winter Storm Warnings

Washington SNOW REPORT

June 15 2024

Snowpack levels across the state are currently 28% of normal. The deepest snowpack in Washington was last observed at Swift Creek with a snowpack depth of 62”, about 100% of normal when compared to it's 62" average depth for this time of year. Pigtail Peak, perched at an elevation of 5,800 ft., is currently experiencing some of the coldest temps in Washington with air temps last recorded at 30 degrees.

More snowfall is expected this week, and areas like Stevens Pass are forecasted to receive up to 10" of snowfall in the next 5 days.




Snowpack conditions in Washington vary across different mountain ranges, providing crucial water resources for the state. The Cascades, Olympics, and eastern mountains contribute significantly to snow accumulation. The snowpack feeds into several runoff rivers and watersheds, including the Columbia, Yakima, and Skagit rivers, which play a vital role in irrigation, hydropower, and salmon habitats.

Winter climate characteristics in Washington involve a mix of maritime and continental influences. The mountains experience heavy precipitation, resulting in ample snow accumulation. The state's proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the presence of the Olympic and Cascade ranges create a rain shadow effect, leading to drier conditions east of these mountains.

Washington has a rich history in snow science and exploration. Mount Rainier, the state's highest peak, is the most extensively glaciated mountain in the contiguous United States. Notably, the Paradise Ranger Station on Mount Rainier holds the world record for the most annual snowfall at a single location, with over 93 feet recorded in the winter of 1971-1972.

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