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Ah, this is my kind of day. I love having something to talk about in the forecast. I know… it makes the forecast long and tedious, but it’s way more fun for me! Before we do the short-term forecast, let’s do the long-range outlook. Blah, blah, blah, and then next Sunday, the weather looks to turn cold. Really cold for this time of year, with near-freezing temps at the surface. Crazy, right? So don’t go planting your tomatoes or cold-sensitive flowers quite yet.
In short-term news, it’s going to be a nuker of a day in the Gorge. Temps will be in the mid 40’s early and low 50’s later, with showers in the central Gorge. Expect the wind, easterly at 5am, to switch to strong west by 9am, with 30-40+ east of The Dalles and strong, gusty wind in the central gorge. Pick of the day? Arlington or The Wall, because there’s a chance the upper low will kick off thunderstorms further east and screw up Threemile.
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Tomorrow starts with temps in the low 40’s, rising to the low 50’s. Wind will be W 24-28 early, rising to 28-32 in the early afternoon, fading late in the day. Strongest, steadiest wind will be from Lyle to Biggs.
Tuesday starts with light wind, picking up to W 10-15 in the afternoon. Temps will be in the low 40’s early and upper 50’s later.
Up on Mt. Hood, today is the exciting day, hooray! It was your typical Mt. Hood day at 5am, with snow falling and moderate wind. However, by 9am, the wind will rise and the snow level will fall: 5000′ at 5am, 2500′ at 8am, and 2000′ or so at 2pm. About 1” water value (WV) falls by 5pm, for 6-9” of new, followed by another .3-.5” overnight, for 2-4” more. Wind will be SW 35-40 early, rising to W 50-60 by 9am, W 45-50 at 2pm and WNW 35-40 at 5pm.
Tomorrow sees a mix of flurries and sunshine, with no accumulation. The freezing level will be 2000′-2500′, and the wind will be nuclear: NW 45 early, WNW 30-35 midday and NW 25-35 in the afternoon.
Tuesday starts with high clouds. The freezing level will be 4000′ early, 5000′ midday and 11,000′ in the evening. Wind will be NW 10 early, rising to NW 30 in the afternoon.
Wednesday starts out clear, quickly becoming cloudy. The freezing level will be 12,000′ early, 8000′ midday, 7000′ at 2pm and 5500′ at 5pm. Sprinkles start falling mid-morning, with heavy precip between 2pm and 8pm\, likely falling as rain. Wind will be very strong: W 35-40 early, 45-50 mid-morning and W 50 for the rest of the day.
With the exception of Friday afternoon, the general trend in the long range forecast is for coldier, snowier weather…
Have an awesome day today!