Environment
6:34 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Early Snowfall At Crater Lake Park

Autumn has barely arrived in Oregon, and already snow has fallen at Crater Lake.

Webcam shot from Steel Visitor Center at Crater Lake, September 26.
Webcam shot from Steel Visitor Center at Crater Lake, September 26.
Credit National Park Service

Park official Marsha McCabe says there was an unusually early snowfall Tuesday and Wednesday, with eight inches on the ground.

McCabe says September snowfall at the National Park is rare-usually a dusting of an inch or two.

But when things get going in the winter, the snowfall at Crater Lake averages more than 500 inches a year.

McCabe says the North Entrance to the part and West Rim Drive are temporarily closed, but should be reopened by the weekend as the forecast calls for nice weather.