Christmas Forecast

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Temira
Date
 December 25, 2011
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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Christmas
Monday
Tuesday

Good morning!

The weather models predict a wild ride this week, but there’s definitely some good news to be had along with the bad.

Today starts off partly cloudy, becoming cloudy, with precip starting around noon. Right now the snow level is around 6500’, but it will drop to 3500’ by 1pm and 2500’ by 4pm. There’s a slight chance of some freezing rain before the precip switches to snow, but I’m going to be optimistic and say this is coming in as snow. NOAA’s only calling for ½” or so, but I think we’ll see 2-3” between noon and 7pm. Winds today will be SW 25-35 early, picking up to WSW 35-45 by 1pm and going to W 30-40 by 4pm.

Tomorrow looks partly cloudy in the morning, with snow starting sometime between 4pm and 7pm. The freezing level will be around 1500’ all day. Wind will be SW 5-10, picking up to 15-20 in the afternoon. Snow will fall all night.

By 4am Tuesday, we should have 5-7” of new snow. Another 4-5”+ should fall by 4pm. The snow level will be 4500’ early, rising to 5500’ by 4pm and 7000’ by 10pm. Then all hell breaks loose. We’ll see about 2” of rain below 6500’ on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. Wednesday looks showery, but Wednesday night into Thursday brings a torrential downpour.

For you windsurfers and kiters, we’ll see easterlies today, turning to west wind by the afternoon. At this point, it looks like we’ll see huge westerlies in the desert on Thursday and Friday.

Oh well. At least this morning brought the most spectacular sunrise ever on Mt. Hood. I’ll post the photo later.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Temira

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