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Clear sky, light wind, gonna stay that way all day. Temps on Mt. Hood today will be in the teens early, rising to the mid-twenties according to the models, but most likely closer to 30 in reality. The wind will be light, either west or north.
The freezing level rises tonight, hitting 5500’ or so by Thursday morning. High clouds move in around sunrise, as does warmer air aloft and clouds lower down. We’ll probably see a brief shot of light precip between 7am and 10am, most likely sleet or snow, but there is a slight chance of freezing rain. By 10am, the free air freezing level will be back around 4000’, with low clouds/fog and clearing above. Skies clear around 7pm, with temps just above freezing in the 4000-7000’ elevations. Wind on Thursday will be SW 15-20 early, rising to SW 25-30 by 7am and swinging to WNW 20-25+ by 10am and holding for the rest of the day.
Friday morning looks clear with clouds overhead by 1pm and precip by 4pm. The freezing level will be at 5500’ early, rising a bit to 6000’ by 4pm, and then crashing over the next few hours: 3500’ by 7pm and 1000’ by 10pm. We’ll see a heavy shot of rain between 4pm and 7pm, perhaps .4-.5” water value (WV), switching to snow, with another .6-.8” falling by 4am Saturday, for 5-7” of new snow. Wind will be SW 10-15 early, 25-30 at 1pm, and then it will swing to WNW 35-40+ overnight.
Saturday look a bit on the exciting side with snow, wind, and the freezing level at 1000’ or so. We’ll see .6-.8” WV during the day Saturday, for 6-9” of new snow by 4pm. That’s great. The wind, not so great: W 30 early, going to WNW 30-35 by 7am, W 40-45+ by 1pm and NW 40+ by 7pm. Why? Because models are currently forecasting the low pressure system associated with this storm to pass just north of Mt. Hood. A small change in the weather features upstream of us could change this scenario, both as far as snowfall amounts and wind speeds.
Sunday looks clouds early with partly cloudy skies and sunshine in the afternoon.
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