11/30 Mt. Hood snow and more snow and Hood River’s Christmas tree lighting

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 November 30, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Well, it’s raining in the Gorge again this morning, but the rain should taper off pretty quickly today, making it possible to play outside without getting soaked. Tomorrow also looks pretty dry during the day. Sunday, not so much. If you need something to do tomorrow, WTA and Camba have a work party at Syncline. Also tomorrow, the DimWits have a night ride at the easyCLIMB trail in Cascade Locks at 5pm.

Most importantly, tonight is the tree lighting in Hood River. 6pm at the Christmas tree.
Back to Syncline, today is your last day to submit comments regarding the parking plan at the bottom of Courtney Road. The current plan is 25 parking spots behind the gate to the east of Courtney Road with areas now used for parking closed to parking. If you think 25 spots isn’t enough, please send an email TODAY to Christine Plourde, cplourde@fs.fed.us . Thanks for doing your part!

On to the Mt. Hood forecast, it is snowing on Mt. Hood this morning, barely, and should continue to snow-not-rain today. The snow level will hover around 5000′-5500′ today, before dropping just a touch to 5000′ overnight. Precip today will be about .2” water value (WV) by 4pm, for 1-2” of new. Heavy snow starts around 10pm, for 1” WV by 4am and 5-7” of new at 5000′. Wind today will be SW 20-30 all day, picking up to SW 30-40 overnight.

Saturday starts with snow flurries and maybe sunbreaks too. The snow level will be at 5000′ early, dropping to 4500′ around 10am and staying there all day. Snow tapers off after 4am, for a trace during the day. However, heavy snowfall starts again between 7pm and 10pm, for 1.2” WV by Sunday morning. Although the snow level will be 4500′ around 7pm and 5000′ at 4am, I think there’s going to be a period of rain or freezing rain overnight along with the snow, so let’s call this 4-6” of new snow by Sunday morning. Wind on Saturday will be SW 30-40 all day.

Sunday sees the snow level at 5000′ early, 4000′ by 7am, and 2000′ by 10am. It will snow all day, with .5” WV by 4pm, for 4-5” of new snow. Another .2-.3” WV falls by Monday morning for 2-4” more. With the snow level dropping so fast on Sunday morning (models have sped up the arrival of the system causing this, btw), It’s going to be quite windy. Expect WSW 30-35 at 4am, rising to WSW 40-50 by 7am, and then picking up to a troublesome W 45-50 at 10am. The wind will slowly fade during the day, but it’s going to cause some trouble mid-morning.

Monday looks pleasant, with fresh snow on the ground and sunshine or partly cloudy skies in the morning with low clouds below the slopes (hopefully below the slopes, anyway). High clouds move in midday. The freezing level will be 2500′ early, rising to 4500′ by 4pm and higher overnight. Wind on Monday will start at WSW 20-30 and slowly fade to SW 10-20. The atmospheric river takes aim at Mt. Hood Monday night, with heavy rain falling on the slopes. At this point, it looks like the warm, wet weather will be short-lived, but models are all over the place, so I’m not saying anything about Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday at this point. It does look like temps will drop and high pressure and sunshine will move in later in the week.

Have an awesome day today!