Could cold front next week mean snow for Portland?

Right now, forecast models indicate a cold air mass settling in Sunday-Wednesday

The cold air will be in place next Sunday-Wednesday, and Portland will just need enough moisture in order to see snow. (KOIN)
The cold air will be in place next Sunday-Wednesday, and Portland will just need enough moisture in order to see snow. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — It’s already been a great start to the ski season with enough snow for resorts like Mt. Hood Meadows to fully open for daily operations.

There is enough snow on Mt. Hood to open 3 lifts, November 25 2016. (KOIN)
There is enough snow on Mt. Hood to open 3 lifts, November 25 2016. (KOIN)

Rain has also been plentiful this season at lower elevations with the second wettest October on record for PDX. And November hasn’t shown any signs that the active weather pattern is slowing.

As we get closer to the heart of winter, it seems it’s only a matter of time before all of the ingredients come together for a valley snowfall — especially this year.

It’s looking more and more likely that next week will bring the coldest weather we’ve had all season, and forecast models indicate some moisture moving in along with it.

The best scenario for Portland snow is when a cold front drops an arctic air mass over us with the Gorge constantly pumping in cold air from the east.

Portland got some snow on Sunday, December 27, 2015. (KOIN)
Portland got some snow on Sunday, December 27, 2015. (KOIN)

Meanwhile, a low pressure system would need to move in over that cold air and before you know it — lowland snow! It sounds easy, but it can be very tricky for all of these things to line up.

So, if you want snow, that’s what you’ll want to happen next week.

Right now, forecast models indicate a cold air mass will settle in Sunday-Wednesday with the potential for a little moisture to move in. If that were to play out, we could get light snow in the lower elevations.

But that’s a big IF and there’s a lot of time for forecast models to change that scenario up, which is something models do quite a bit this time of year.

So, don’t hang your hat on it just yet, but stay in touch with the weather forecast.

The entire KOIN 6 Weather team will be tracking the forecast and keeping a very close eye on how next week’s system unfolds.