11/4 Gorge wind, events and Mt. Hood snow

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 November 4, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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It’s a nice warm start to the day today, with temps already in the mid-fifties. Not a bad thing to wake up to after an extra hour’s sleep. Did you reset your clocks? No? Do so now!

There are things you don’t want to miss today: From 10am-2pm, the Girls Who Love Dirt have a work party on the Twin Peaks trail in Post Canyon. Meet at Family Man. From 12pm-3pm, there’s a work party on the EasyCLIMB trail in Cascade Locks. Then at 3pm, there’s pickup rugby in Mosier, and at 4pm, there’s pickup Ultimate in Hood River at the Marina. There’s not much happening during the week this week (unless y’all have something you can let me know about), but coming up at the latter half of the week, there’s the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Next Saturday there’s a monster Post Canyon work party on all the trails around the Family Man area.

In weather this week, things look mostly dry today, tomorrow, and Tuesday, with rain returning Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, followed by a few more sprinkles Wednesday morning, as coldness returns. If the long term models hold, we’re looking at an incursion of Arctic air from the east on Friday morning, and if the really long-term models hold, we could be looking at a Situation in the Gorge in about 10 days, on Monday or Tuesday, as a warmer system rides over the top of the colder air. We’ll just cross our fingers that those models are on drugs, as it’s way too early for Situations. That said, locating your snow tires might be a good idea…

Speaking of snow, the mountains won’t see a lot this week. The freezing level today will be >10,000′, with little to no precip and W wind at 15-20. Tomorrow sees continued high freezing levels, little to no precip, and WSW wind at 20-30.

Things start changing on Tuesday. The day starts off with the freezing level >10,000′, but by 1pm, it’ll be down to 10k, and then by 7pm, down to 9,000′. Precip starts early evening, with .3” overnight, for 2-3” of new snow above 5000′. Winds pick up as a cold front approaches: WSW 25-30 early, 35-40 by 1pm, and 45-55 by 7pm.

By Wednesday morning, the snow level will be 3000′, and it will fall to 2000′ by 10am. Brrrr. Snow showers continue through the morning, for .1-.2” water value for 1-3” of new snow. Wind Wednesday will be WSW 25-30 early, swinging to NW 15-20 as the front passes and snowfall tapers off.

Colder weather and low snow levels continue through next weekend, but there’s not a lot of moisture in the forecast to go along with the colder temps.

Have an awesome day today!