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Today looks like a nice, cold, snowy day on Mt. Hood with the freezing level at 1500′ early, 2000′ midday, and 500′ in the evening. NOAA is calling for 7-11” of new snow today, but I’m not sure I see that with the SW wind direction and only .1-.3” water value on the GFS precip model. Wind will be SW 30-35 early, 35-40 midday, and 25-30 in the evening. We’ll see 2-4” of new snow during the day today, followed by flurries this evening and overnight, with a chance of starbreaks tonight.
Monday starts off mostly cloudy, with snow starting by 7am. The snow level will be 1000′ early, 2500′ at 11am, 4500′ at 1pm, 4000′ at 4pm and 1000′ at 7pm. Despite the nominally OK freezing level, I think there’s a pretty good chance of mixed precipitation between 2pm and 10pm, likely of the freezing rain variety. Wind will be SW 30-35 early, rising to 40-45 by 7am, 50-60 by 11am, 60-70 by 4pm, before dropping to 40-50 in the evening. The SW direction of the strong wind shouldn’t cause too much trouble with chairlifts, despite the scary speeds forecast for ridgetops. Back to the precip issue, we’ll get .3-.5” between 7am and 4pm, for 2-3” of new, assuming it stays mostly snow. Between 4pm Monday and 4am Tuesday, we’ll get another .6-.9” WV, for 5-7” of new snow with some other precip thrown in.
Tuesday looks like a nice ski day, with the snow level at 1000′ all day. Wind will be SW 25-30 early, rising to 30-35 by 10am and holding all day. We’ll get .3-.4” WV between 4am and 4pm, for 4-5” of new snow. We’ll see flurries overnight Tuesday into Wednesday.
Wednesday starts off with high overcast skies with precip starting around 2pm, becoming heavy by 4pm. The snow level starts off at less than 1000′, rising to 4000′ by 2pm and 5500′ by 7pm. At this point, it looks like this round of precip will come in as rain, but we’ll have to wait a day or two to know for sure. Even then, nothing’s really for sure. It’s the weather, right?
Your wind forecast includes west wind at 23-26 in the eastern Gorge today with gusty 15-18 in the western Gorge. Next chance for wind is easterlies on Tuesday.
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