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Well, Mother Nature won yesterday’s round. I was sure we’d see rain and freezing rain, and we got lucky with snow all day. Today we’ll have snow. The snow level will be around 1000′ or less all day with SW wind at 35-40 all day, dropping a bit to 25-30 late in the evening. We’ll see .4-.5” water value (WV) during the day, for 5-7” of new snow. Skies will become partly cloudy to clear by 4pm, staying partly cloudy overnight.
Snow starts falling again tomorrow morning, with the snow level less than 1000′ in normal places and at the surface in the Gorge early, rising to 3000′ by 2pm, 5000′ by 8pm and 6000′ by 11pm. Wind will be SW 30-35 early, picking up to 40-50 on 2pm and 40-45 by 8pm. We’ll see .5” WV by 4pm for 4-6” of new snow. We’ll see another .5” WV after 4pm for a mix of snow and rain, with 4-6” of new snow above 6000′.
Thursday starts off with a mix of snow and rain with the snow level at 6000′, rising to 6500′ by 11am and dropping back to 3000′ by 2pm. Wind will be SW 45-60 early, picking up to 50-65 by 11am and backing to 40-45 in the afternoon. We’ll see very heavy precipitation on Thursday: 1-1.5” between 4am and 4pm, with mixed precip early becoming all snow toward the end of that time period. I don’t know how much will be snow and how much will be rain. Sorry about that. Another .4-.5” WV will fall between 4pm Thursday and 4am Friday for 5-6” of new snow.
Friday morning starts off with snow flurries, becoming sunny or partly cloudy by 2pm. Wind will be SW 40-45 early, dropping to 15-20 by 2pm. After 2pm, a powerful low pressure system swings up the coast, giving Mt. Hood very strong E or SE or S wind and heavy snowfall.
Saturday looks cold and snowy becoming partly cloudy and Sunday looks sunny or partly cloudy with little to no precip.
Sounds like we have a Post Canyon work party coming up this weekend in the Riorden Hill area. More details to follow on that. I’d also like to throw out a brief reminder that there’s a meeting about the Naito Cable Park on Monday. Please make plans to be there whether you are for or against the park. I personally am for the park, and am hoping we can support it on the condition that the Port/Naito beautify the area with a bunch of native trees and plants. Why do I support the cable park? It’s pretty unobtrusive visually, it’s quiet, and it’s going to bring a boost to our economy as well as giving all of us (and the kiddies, of course) something fun to do on those hot, no-wind summer days. End of semi-political discussion.
Back to the weather, you’ll find west wind at 24-28 in the eastern Gorge today with gusty, lighter wind near Hood River.
Have a nice day today. Enjoy the storm.
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