At least it’s not pouring rain and super windy on Mt. Hood this morning! The bulk of today’s precip will stay west of us, at least until this evening, and that’s a good thing with the snow level around 7000’ and not forecast to drop until late. It will be at 6000’ by 5pm, dropping rapidly overnight. Winds today will be SW 20-25 early, switching to NW 25-30 overnight. The bulk of the precip will start around 8pm, which will be borderline for snow/rain. I’ll call it a snow/rain mix until midnight and then .5” water value of snow overnight for 4-6” of new by 4am Saturday.
The snow level will drop from around 5000’ at midnight Friday to 1000’ by 5am Saturday. Winds are going to be pretty strong on Saturday: NW 30-35 is the forecast, meaning we could easily see 40-50+ on the slopes. We’ll also have snow all day long for another .5” WV or 5-7” of new snow.
Snow flurries continue Sunday morning with the snow level around 1000’. Flurries will end by noon, giving us partly cloudy to sunny skies. Winds will be NNW 25-30 at 5am, dropping to NW 15-20 by 11am and fading to W 5-10 by 4pm.
Monday looks interesting. The snow level will technically be 1000’ early, but with a very stable atmospheric profile, we’ll see rimed snow and maybe some freezing rain before the snow level rises to 5000’ around 2pm. Winds will be SW 20-30 early, rising to WSW 35-40 by 2pm. If the long-term models hold, we’ll see very heavy snowfall overnight Monday into Tuesday with dropping snow levels.
Saturday still looks like the best day for windsurfing and kiting as a low pressure trough sets up along the coast and high pressure sets up over the Pacific. 25-28 in the corridor early. 29-34 east of HR in the afternoon. The rest of the extended forecast shows light wind.
Have a great day today!
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