1/10 Mt. Hood boring weather, Portland exciting weather, and mountain biking possibilities

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 January 10, 2013

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

Oh my gosh. Everyone freak out because Snowpocalypse is coming to Portland. Or maybe not coming, because the storm track is pretty far off the coast, but freak out anyway, because it just might snow up to 1” in Portland Friday night into Saturday, after the commute is over but during the time you might be out raging at a bar or club!

For Gorge weather, we should see partly cloudy sky today with west wind at 15-18. By this evening, we should be below freezing, and it ain’t going to get any warmer for a while. Tomorrow, if the models are right, will still be most awesome and clear in the Gorge, becoming cloudy overnight, with east wind increasing to 24-28 in the afternoon. Can you say “big long mountain bike ride”? Saturday will start off with high clouds and f**king freezing weather in the low 20’s, with east wind at 24-28. We might see some flurries in the afternoon, but likely the storm track will be too far west of us for accumulation here. Sunday looks clear, with another round of east wind at 24-28. Wait a couple of days, and go check out those icy waterfalls in the Gorge!

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For you mountain bikers, Syncline doubletrack was rideable yesterday (but not Maui), and Moab was awesome. Once the weather dips below freezing, we should see great riding conditions for fools hardy enough to brave sub-freezing weather (me, for example). If we get really lucky, the trails will stay snow-free, and we’ll have the following options: Syncline, Hospital Hill, Eagle Caves and easyCLIMB for the duration of this cold snap. In addition, the dry air should dry the roads and clear any remaining ice on Friday, so we’ll have road biking too!

Geez… I’m feisty today. Maybe a little less time in front of the happy light is in order!

On Mt. Hood, the weather will be decidedly boring. Today starts with mixed flurries and sunbreaks, with such weather continuing through 10pm with .1-.2” water value (WV) for less than 2” more new snow. The snow level will be at 500′ or less. Wind will be NW 20-30.

Friday looks clear and cold, with the free air freezing level (FAF) at the surface. High clouds float in during the evening. No snow accumulation. Wind NNW at 20-30.

Saturday starts with high clouds and coooooold weather on Mt. Hood with the FAF right at the surface. We might see a few flurries during the day, but at this point, it looks like the storm track will stay south and west of the measurable accumulation zone. Wind Saturday will be NW 10 early becoming E 10 in the afternoon. East wind will increase overnight.

Sunday looks clear, with high clouds moving in during the afternoon. Wind will be NE 20-30 early, becoming N 20-30 in the afternoon. Monday through Wednesday look dry and above freezing on Mt. Hood.

Have an awesome day today!