This weekend is likely to be a busy one at Oregon's winter recreation spots.

This week’s winter storm bumped Oregon’s mountain snowpack to above normal levels, setting up an excellent but busy holiday weekend for winter recreation in Oregon’s mountains.  

Oregon’s Cascade Range passes gained around 14 inches of new snow on Monday and Tuesday — while lower elevations saw a bit less — to help boost Oregon’s snowpack to 108% of normal, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“The most recent storm brought some relief to the central and northern Cascades where snow accumulation had slowed at the end of December,” said Matt Warbritton, lead hydrologist for the Oregon Data Collection Office.

More mountain snow — and even low-elevation snow — appears possible by Monday and especially into next week. That could lead to a second straight year where quality winter recreation can last deep into spring.

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