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First off today, it’s the Hood River Weather website’s first annual pledge drive month. If you use this handy website, please take the time to make a donation. Larry is just one guy with another job, running that useful website as a hobby, and a small donation from you makes a huge difference to him.
Next, tomorrow night, Thursday, is the annual Mt. Hood Meadows avalanche dog fundraiser. 6pm, Double Mountain. Great raffle prizes. Really great. Great cause. Great beer (if you like that crappy beverage – I don’t). Awesome pizza (who doesn’t like pizza?).
Advertising out of the way, we’ve entered a much better synoptic scale setup for Mt. Hood. We’re now under NW flow, and although that doesn’t usually bring us huge snowfall amounts, it does keep the snow level down. It also leads to west winds, for those of you who are ready for wind sports, and that includes me because I have a new-used 71 quad from Big Winds! With a west gradient at .06 this morning, we should see westerlies at 15-18 today. The real fun begins tomorrow, with high pressure off the coast. 23-26 tomorrow. 28-32 on Friday, probably in the Corridor Friday, and further east Thursday In the long-range forecast, Monday looks very, very windy, with the winter version of a Classic Gorge Setup. But that’s way, way too far out to be forecasting wind in the winter. That said, we’ll see several good west wind days in the next week (that’s for you, Dave and Laura).
Moving on, I can’t tell you how happy I was to see blue sky and snow-covered Mt. Adams this morning! It looks like a pretty dry day up on Mt. Hood today, with the exception of occasional orographic flurries. The snow level will be around 2000′, with less than 2” of new snow (and quite possibly just a trace). Wind today will be W 30-40 early, dropping to W 20 by 1pm and W 10-15 by 4pm. Clouds move in tonight.
Thursday starts with cloudy skies, and snow starts around 10am. The snow level will be 1500-2000′. By 4pm, .3” water value (WV) falls for 3-4” of new snow. Another .4-.5” WV falls by Friday morning for 5-6” of new. Wind on Thursday will be WNW 20-25 early, rising to 30-35 by 7am and 35-40 by 1pm. Bundle up if you’re headed to Mt. Hood.
Friday looks like another snowy day. A break in the snow between 4am and 7am doesn’t last long, with another. .6-.8” WV falling between 7am and 4pm with the snow level at 2000′. That gives us 6-9” of new snow. Expect heavy wind-loading and wind-damaged crystals, as it’s going to be nukin’ windy: W 40 early, rising to WNW 40-45 by 10am and picking up to WNW 50 in the afternoon. If chairs can handle the wind, that’s windy enough for fresh tracks every run, and with the snow level that low, the snow might just survive the beating, remaining fluffy and fun. Anyway, another .1-.2” WV falls after 4pm, for a couple inches more by Saturday morning.
On Saturday, the snow level will be around 1500′, with a few flurries during the day, a couple more inches overnight, and NW wind at 30-35 early, slowly fading to 15-20 in the afternoon.
Sunday looks dry. So does Monday. Don’t forget to make your Christmas pledge to the Hood River Weather website!
Have an awesome day today!