St. Patrick’s Day Mt. Hood Forecast

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Temira
Date
 March 17, 2012
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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

Winter continues on Mt. Hood today, as the snow level hovers around 1500′ and snow continues falling from the sky. Wind will be quite strong early: SW 35-40, swinging to W45-50 by 8am, dropping to 30-40 by 11am, going to SW 20-25 by 2pm and then slowly decreasing to SW 10ish in the evening. We’ll have .3-.4” water value this morning, for 4-5” of new snow, with skies becoming partly cloudy this afternoon.

Light snow flurries fall under partly cloudy skies tonight, Saturday, for .1-.2” water value and 1-2” of new snow by Sunday morning. We’ll see snow Sunday morning, for .2-.3” WV, 3-4” of new, by 2pm, when we’ll have flurries and partly cloudy skies. The snow level will be at 500-1000′ on Sunday, and wind will be light and variable early, picking up to NW 10-15 by 11am and W 15-20 in the afternoon.

Monday starts off with the snow level at the surface in the Gorge and 500′ elsewhere, rising to 500′ by mid-morning. We’ll have .2-.3” WV during the day, for 3-4” of new snow on Mt. Hood, with skies becoming partly clear in the afternoon. Wind will be SW 20-25 early, going to W 15-20 by 11am and 10-15 by 5pm.

The weather becomes quite interesting in Tuesday, as a big, wet, warm system swings our way. Precip starts around 2am with the snow level at 500′ or less (sorry, Gorge and Hood River Valley), with that warm air mass moving overhead. By 8am, we’ll see temps at -2/-3C from 0-10,000′. That’s a recipe for either very wet snow or more likely freezing rain on Mt. Hood, and possibly in the HR Valley too. By 11am, the free air freezing level will be at 5500′, meaning whatever is going on at low elevations will switch to rain. On the mountain… tough call. My gut says freezing rain, but we’re going to have to wait until we get closer. Either way, we’ll see significant moisture: 1” by 4pm, a break, and then 1-2” WV overnight into Wednesday. We’ll also see wind: SW 40ish, picking up to SW 50ish.

After that, it’s looking like we’ll head back into cold and snowy weather for Mt. Hood.

Today might be St. Patrick’s Day, but don’t party too hard. You have a Post Canyon work party to attend tomorrow from 9-1pm. Bring a helmet, because they are required. Also tomorrow, NW Demo Tour at Meadows. Monday evening at 5:30 at HR City Hall is the cable park meeting. Be there with your argument for or against.

Have an awesome day.

Temira

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