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For those of you waiting for spring, I’m sorry to say that there’s really no end in sight to winter. Long-term models show, for the most part, one big system after another colliding with the PNW through the next week.
Today will be relatively calm in the Cascades, but don’t let that fool you. We’ll see the freezing level at 2000′ this morning, 4000′ this afternoon and 2500′ this evening, with partly cloudy skies and intermittent snow flurries. Total precip will be .1-.2” through the day, for an inch or maybe up to 2” of new snow. Wind today will be SW 35-40 all day and all night.
The next round of precip hits Thursday morning around 2am, and the precip type is going to be questionable between 2am and 11am. The freezing level will be 3000′ at 2am, 3500′ at 5am and 5000′ at 11am, before dropping back to 2000′ at 2pm and 4000′ at 8pm. Wind will be SW 45-50 early, rising to 50-60 at 5am, 45-65 at 11am and ropping back to 35-45 at 2pm and 20-30 at 8pm. So, back to the precip… light precip before 5am for .2” WV. Heavy precip 5am-2pm. Very heavy precip after 2pm. Total of 1-1.5”+ WV by 5pm, for 12”+ of new snow during the day, minus the possibility of freezing rain between 2am and 11am.
Snow continues overnight Thursday, but the snow level is going to be questionable during the day Friday. First, we’ll see .8” WV Thursday night into Friday morning for 4-6” of new snow. The snow level during the day Friday will be 4000′ at 2am, 5500′ at 5am, 6000′ at 8am, before dropping back to 4000′ around 11am, when precip will taper off for a few hours. We may see freezing rain before 5am, before a switch to very heavy rain or very heavy, very wet snow. Precip between 5am and 5pm will be 1-1.5” WV for 3-4” of new at 5000′. Wind on Friday will be SW 30-35 early, rising to 40-45 by 8am, switching to W 30-35 around noon, and then slowly backing to light and variable wind by 8pm.
Heavy snowfall picks up again around 8pm, for 1-1.5” WV by Saturday morning, for 10-14” of new snow, although the southerly direction of this storm may give Mt. Hood less snow than models predict. Heavy snowfall continues through 11am, after which we’ll have flurries and partly cloudy conditions. The snow level will be 3000′ Saturday morning, dropping briefly to 1000′ before rising to 4000′ by 2pm, and then dropping to 2000′ overnight. Wind Saturday will be SSW 20-30 early, SW 30-35 at 8am, 40-45 at 2pm, swinging to W 40+ by 8pm. If this system comes in earlier than predicted and on a worse track than is currently predicted, we could really get hammered by the wind.
Sunday morning sees another 4-6” of snow on the ground, with snow flurries. Monday looks like a brief break in the weather before the next system crashes into the Cascades sometime Tuesday.
In the wind forecast, we’re still going to be on this back-and-forth regimen of east-west-east as fronts cross the mountains and lows swing up the coast. The one exception is Saturday night, when the eastern Gorge will see 40+, most likely after dark, sadly.
Coming up this weekend: Hood River Appreciation Days at Meadows and the Dummy Downhill at Skibowl. Also, for you mountain bikers, there’s another HRATS.org Post Canyon work party. Meet at 10 Speed Coffee Saturday between 8:30 and 9am. This work party will be on Upper 8-Track, Blue Car, and other areas.
Have an awesome day.
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