If we don’t get some real weather soon, I’m not going to remember how to write a forecast once the weather returns!
Mountain Weather Forecast:
Yay!!! It’s snowing!!! I was hoping for more snow overnight, but the mountain had made previous arrangements with freezing rain for the evening. Now, though, she’s 100% in for snow all day long today.
We’ll see .5” WV between now and 4pm today, for 5-7” of snow with the snow level at 2000’, dropping to 1500’ by tonight. Winds at 5000’ today will be quite strong, starting at WSW 35-45 and going to W 35-45. At least we’re not seeing the 60-100mph wind that Mission Ridge had last night! Snow continues overnight tonight, with another .4-.5” of WV for another 4-6” of snow by 10am tomorrow morning before snow tapers off.
Tomorrow starts off with snow flurries, but those will end by 10am or so. After that, we’ll see partly cloudy, possibly even clear skies, for an amazing day on the hill. It will be cold tomorrow, with the free air freezing level around 1500-2000’. Winds will be W 5-15 to start, fading to light and variable or north 5-10 by afternoon. Unfortunately, I am picking someone up at the airport at 11am and am going to miss the fun.
Wednesday looks dry, cold and calm. Thursday looks dry, clear and warm, with highs in the 40’s on the hill. All the models indicate we’ll see another solid round of snowfall next weekend, starting either Friday or Saturday.
Gorge Wind Forecast:
Today looks like your best chance for wind in the next three days. The Portland to The Dalles gradient is at .19 right now, with more out east. I have no idea where the cloud line is, so just start driving. Get it early, because the wind will taper off early. Even so, you should be able to catch a 30ish dawn patrol at Doug’s, Maryhill or Arlington. If you can’t go until later, you’ll still have a shot at 23-26 for much of the day east of The Dalles.
Have an awesome day today!
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