The Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center maintains the most comprehensive real-time
mountain weather data network in the US.
It includes snowpack, wind, temperature and precipitation telemetry data as well as weather forecasts for the
Northwest Cascades and Olympic mountains from fall through spring. Telemetry data is sampled hourly and the links below reflect
data collected in the past 24 hours. It is helpful to compare precipitation to temperature at a given elevation to reveal rain vs. snow accumulation.
Please click on an area of interest, or mouse over link to load graphic plot of past 24 hours.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a live snow camera worth?
We think around 45,000 bytes, or lets say 9000 words. Unfortunately (but maybe fortunately),
search engines do not yet comprehend
pictures. So, localsnow.org and its brand, localsnow.com must dare to insert descriptive
text. This will provide some language artifacts of the early 21st century for them to index.
is a resource for mountain pass conditions,
Northwest weather conditions, with links to both ski resorts and hiking trails in the
Pacific Northwest. Our goal is to provide an uncluttered view
of mountain weather conditions, largely through the viewport of the snow cameras.
Living more or less below the jet stream
we know that mountain conditions can change quickly. Use our resources here at
localsnow.org to plan your road trip across or into the mountains. Even if you have an
older web-enabled cell phone, our low bandwidth portals make it easy to stay current on
local snow conditions, highway conditions, freezing levels, orogenic precipitation hazards,
and mountain backcountry conditions in the Pacific Northwest.
In addition to
resort snow cameras, mountain highway cams, hourly satellite images,
current pass conditions, weather and snow pack telemetry,
we produce hourly temperature and precipitation graphs for many areas,
allowing hour-by-hour tracking of snow and temperature over the past 24 hours or more.
Localsnow.com and localsnow.org
provide live camera feeds and links to area ski resorts, highway departments, mountain weather data and forecasts. With the high altitude jet stream constantly modulating
the air flow across our mountain ranges we need to stay informed, lest we find ourselves
featured on the disaster news channel
. May to November can likewise be unpredictable in
the Pacific Northwest for the same reasons. Even with summer hiking, mountain biking, camping
or rock climbing, it could be important to know trail conditions. These can change in a
matter of hours, especially at elevation. Some trails in the spring are closed until
mid June. We are fortunate that the US Forest Service is using visitor feedback to keep the
online information up to date.
Localsnow.org seeks to cover the so-called Pacific Northwest region, which includes the
Cascade and Olympic Mountain ranges of Washington, Oregon, British Columbia, the Northern
Sierra of California and the northern extent of the Rocky Mountain range as it crosses the border from Idaho and Montana into British Columbia and Alberta.
If you can't make it in the winter ski and snowboard season, you might consider volcano skiing and snowcone snowboarding with the dedicated professionals on the Palmer ice fields at Mt Hood in the summer. We do.
Alpental, Hurricane Ridge, Mt Washington, Sitzmark, Fernie, Loup Loup, Mt Baldy, 49° North,
Panorama, Bluewood, Mt Spokane, White Pass,
Hoodoo Bowl, Tamarack, Red Mountain, Marmot Basin, Mt Baldy,
Mission Ridge, Anthony Lakes, Silver Mountain, Apex, Norquay,
Sun Mountain, Willamette Pass, Lookout Pass, Hemlock Valley
Mt Baker, Mt Ashland, Silver Star, Mt St Helens,
Timberline, Sun Valley, Big Sky, Whistler, Banff, Mammoth,
Summit at Snoqualmie, Mt Hood Meadows, Schweitzer, Big Mountain, Blackcomb, Lake Louise,
Squaw Valley, Crystal Mountain, Ski Bowl, Brundage, Showdown, Big White, Sunshine Village,
June Mountain, Stevens Pass, Mt Bachelor, Bogus Basin, Sun Peaks, Rabbit Hill, Snow Summit,
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freezing levels, snow levels, pass conditions, road conditions, satellite weather, telemetry, nwac,
jet stream, avalanche