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Well, NOAA’s call in this morning’s AFD makes it official: Pineapple Express. Guess it could be worse: it’s not 40 degrees and raining .5” per hour. Today sees the snow level around 6500’ early, dropping to 4500’ mid-morning, possibly as low as 3000’ and then rising again tonight, to 6000’ by 11pm. Wind today will be SW 45-50, slowly dropping to 25-30 midday, and then swinging to SSW 25-35 tonight. Models say .8” water value rain/snow mix by 4pm, for a few inches of new snow down low and more up high. However, depending on where the heaviest bands of precip end up, we could see up to 2-3” WV by midnight.
We’ll see .5” rain/snow mix between 5pm Friday and 2am Saturday, with a brief break in precip in the early morning. Saturday morning starts off with the freezing level around 6000-6500’, dropping to 5000’ by 11am and finally dropping to 4500’ around 5pm and 3500’ by 11pm. We’ll see rain start up again around 8am, for .2-.3” WV during the day, switching to snow at some point. Wind on Saturday will be SW 50-60 early, dropping to 25-30 around noon and holding for the rest of the day.
Sunday morning looks much colder, but very windy. We’ll see .5” WV Saturday night into Sunday morning, for 5-6” of new snow. The snow level, at 3500’ Saturday night, crashes to 1000’ Sunday morning and 500’ by 8am, rising slowly back to 2000’ in the afternoon. The wind will be WNW 50-55 at 5am (this is very bad for chairlifts), W 40-45 at 8am, finally giving us a break when it swings to WSW 35-40 at 2pm and back to W 25-30 in the evening.
Monday looks fairly mellow: No precip, freezing level at 1000’ early, rising to 6000’ midday, with wind SW 20-25ish. That’s our break in the weather. We’re back to wet and cold after that.
Anyway, enjoy the Pineapple Express today. Have a tropical drink of some sort.
Oh right… wind forecast. Not much other than nuclear force wind overnight Saturday into Sunday morning in the eastern Gorge, with 22-26 in the afternoon. In events, Hood River Appreciation Days at the HRM lodge tomorrow, Dummy Downhill at Skibowl, and HRATS Post Canyon work party tomorrow, meeting at 10 Speed Coffee on 13th and State at 8:30-9am. In other news, due to a miscommunication between official agencies regarding permits, the Gorge Fat Tire Festival has been cancelled. Visit the event website for more information.
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