11/21 Gorge fog and rain and wind, Mt. Hood resort openings and a Black Friday “Shop Locally” reminder.

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 November 21, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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In Gorge wind news – just torturing you guys, as I know you want Meadows information – the Gorge will be windy this afternoon. It’s going to be gusty, but you should be able to catch some 28-32+ at Arlington or Threemile starting late morning. For events the next few days, it’s Thanksgiving and Black Friday, and Northwave and Big Winds are both having Big Sales. I believe Mountain View is planning a sale on Friday too. Not sure about the rest of the sporting stores in town, but please shop locally this Black Friday. Keep the $$$ in our little community!

Also in interesting news, the White Salmon River was around 8’ yesterday, so there might be big changes in the Lower sections and wood moved around up above. Be careful out there.

Snow continues falling on Mt. Hood this morning. T-Line is threatening to open more lifts and Meadows is threatening an announcement today. That announcement will likely contain limited lifts and some features in Shipyard. But honestly, I don’t know any more than you do by reading the Meadows website, so please stop calling me and asking for the inside scoop! All I know is that 2nd Wind is mounting my skis for me today, just in case I find out I’m working Thanksgiving. Crystal is opening this weekend. Skibowl remains silent.

The snow level is quite low this morning, down around 2500′, and will remain low, just climbing to 3000′ this afternoon. Snow showers today give us another .2-.4” water value by 4pm, for 2-4” of snow. Just a trace of snow falls tonight. Wind today will be WSW 25-35 in the morning, swinging to a lift-swinging WNW 40 in the afternoon.

Thanksgiving day looks dry on Mt. Hood, with high clouds above. It will be foggy in the valley, so the mountain will be a refuge from the winter gloom. The freezing level will be 1500′ early Thanksgiving, rising to 7000′ by 1pm and 7500′ by 4pm. Wind will be W 10 early, going to SW 15 mid-morning and SW 20 in the evening.

Friday starts with high clouds, but rain starts around 10am. The freezing level will be 9000′ early, dropping to 8000′ around 4pm and 5000′ around 10pm. .6” of rain falls between 10am and 4pm, mostly after noon. Another 1.3” WV falls by 4am Saturday, half of which will be snow, for 4-6” of new. Wind Friday will be SW 30 early, rising to WSW 35-40 in the afternoon and going to W 20 after 10pm.

Saturday sees a nasty fog layer in the valley and beautiful, sunny, dry weather on the mountain, or maybe fog down low on the mountain and clear skies above 6000′. The freezing level will be 4000′ early, dropping to 1500′ by 10am. Wind will be WNW 30-40 at 4am, slowly dropping to NW 20 in the afternoon.

Sunday looks dry and cold. So does Monday. Tuesday brings a traces of snow, and Wednesday looks warm and wet.

Have an awesome day today!