Snow fall was heavier in Oregon in January 1950 than ever before recorded (record keeping began in 1890).
Three snow storms came through the state that month, but most of that snow began falling on January 9.
Accompanied by wind on the 13th, snow drifts covered, and closed, all the highways west of the Cascades and in the Gorge. An ice storm followed on the 18th, downing trees and power lines and covering roads.
Portland saw 32.9 inches of snow fall that month, Astoria 39.4 inches, Timberline Lodge 224 inches, and even normally balmy (relatively speaking) Brookings garnered 6.0 inches of snow in January, 1950.
julie pratt says
Would you happen to know about an igloo building contest that the Oregonian may have sponsored after those snowfalls. I’m trying to get a copy of the Oregonian that had my brother, Frank Pratt, on the front page winning the contest at the age of 5 or 6.