November 29, 2021 - Fresh Snow in Washington and Oregon

Fresh snow

A fast-moving winter system swept across Washington and Oregon on November 23, 2021, leaving a white wash in its wake. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on board NASA’s Terra satellite acquired a true-color image of the aftermath of the storm on November 24. The image is centered on eastern Oregon and includes the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness.

Local media reported that a substantial layer of snow and ice caused spinouts and crashes across many mountainous roadways. On of the worst was 1-90 Snoqualmie Pass, which was closed five miles west of the summit near Denny Creek on November 23. Westbound remained open, although with restrictions that included chains on any vehicle over 10,000 GVW. ORE204 was also closed 11 miles east of the intersection with Oregon-Washington Highway.

Image Facts
Satellite: Terra
Date Acquired: 11/24/2021
Resolutions: 1km (568.8 KB), 500m (1.6 MB), 250m (1.3 MB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC