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|New Year’s Day|
The cold weather continues in the Gorge today. Actually, it’s going to continue for at least the next few days, so be careful out there. The roads are very icy. This is when those of you who’ve been cruising around on studded tires for the last month get to gloat over the responsible citizens running studless or all-season tires. I’m currently gloating. Joking aside, do be careful out there. It’s not you – it’s the folks who are cruising around on bald tires on ice.
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Expect temps to stay below freezing today, with 30-40mph east wind at Stevenson and Rooster. If the models are right about tomorrow, we’ll wake to temps in the teens with 40-50mph easterlies in the western Gorge. There will likely be enough gradient for a chilly easterly breeze in Hood River and The Dalles too. On Thursday, we’re going to see another round of snow flurries, with up to an inch of snow falling between 7am and 1pm. Or maybe the storm track will change and we’ll see more… Anyway, we’re probably not going to see temps rise above freezing until sometime Friday, and even then, we may still not climb above 32 degrees in the Gorge. Sorry kids, but the snow and ice isn’t going anywhere. But then again, neither are the frozen waterfalls!
The big question is whether it’s going to be clear or gloomy over the next few days. I would have guessed clear, but it’s currently gloomy, so I guess I don’t know anything at all. Tomorrow looks like a better chance of broken Nothing, but if that doesn’t happen, your best escape will be up or west, not east. Thursday will be cloudy.
On Mt. Hood, it’ll be clear and sunny today, with the temp rising above freezing between 3000′ and 8000′ by this afternoon. Wind will be light, out of the NE at 10mph.
Wednesday looks sunny, with high clouds making their way in during the afternoon. It will be above freezing between 3000′ and 10000′ with light and variable wind becoming S 10-20 in the afternoon.
Expect snow to start around 7am on Thursday, with the freezing level at the surface, rising to 1000′ in the afternoon. Total precip will be .1-.2” water value for 1-2” of new snow. Wind on Thursday will be S 20-30 early, becoming SSW 30 mid-morning and SW 30 in the afternoon.
Friday looks partly cloudy with the snow level at 1000′ early. If the models are correct (and they are currently all over the place), temps will rise just above freezing from the surface all the way to 8000′ with SW wind and no precip. Beyond Friday, models just aren’t agreeing, so we’ll all have to play the wait-and-see game.
Have an awesome day today!