11/8 Gorge snow, gorge wind, and Mt. Hood flurries

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 November 8, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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In events this weekend, the White Salmon Bike Park team has canceled the Saturday work party in favor of sending everyone to work on the trails in Post Canyon. The weather looks cool and dry – it’s going to be a perfect day to work on trails. All of you who ride bikes, please come. Bring kids. They can pick up branches, because they’re closer to the ground! Meet at 10 Speed at 8:30am. There will be free snacks, drinks and raffle prizes. It’s only half a day. Come give back to your trails!

Also this weekend – Friday and Saturday, actually – there’s the Wild and Scenic Film Festival at Columbia Center for the Arts. I love CCA, and I love movies, but I have a very hard time encouraging you to attend this event. It’s a fundraiser for Crag Law Center, and Crag Law Center is doing everything they can to stop the Timberline Bike Park. After watching many, many locals head to Whistler to spend money there riding bikes, I see the need for a bike park here. It would be a boon for the local economy, and if we make the bike park amazing, it will bring in tourists from all over the country. What’s good for Timberline is good for us here in Hood River. If you go to the movie, make it clear to the organizers what your stance is on the bike park, whether you’re for it or against it.

Moving on… in sea level weather news, there’s just not much in the way of wind for the next few days. However, I think we’re going to see our first snow of the season, if not down at the river, at least up on the Heights and in the upper valley. There’s not a lot of precip Thur/Fri/Sat, but flurries are still possible in Parkdale, with no accumulation. However, I am seeing that Situation again on Sunday night into Monday. Maybe the models will change by then, but maybe not…

Strong high pressure in the desert due to an arctic air mass gives us east wind through the Gorge. Late Sunday night, a warm front rides over the top of this air mass, giving us either snow or possibly even some freezing rain between midnight Sunday and 10am Monday. Just to be safe, you may want to put your snow tires on your car. I know the signs say “carry chains or traction tires”, but the tires don’t work if they’re in the trunk. Put ’em on.

Up on the mountain, expect snow total under a few inches through Sunday. Today looks mostly sunny, with the freezing level at 2000′, with E/NE wind at 10mph and occasional flurries.

Friday looks clear on the mountain, with the possibility of snow flurries with less than 1” total, unless the orographics really kick in. The snow level will be around 1500′ with NW wind at 10-15 mph.

On Saturday, it will be mostly sunny on the mountain, with occasional light orographic snow flurries for no accumulation. The snow level will be 500′, with W wind at 10-15.

Sunday starts cold, with the freezing level at 500′. It will slowly rise to 2000′ by 7pm. Around midnight, a warm front rides over the top of the cold air. Within the warm front, the snow level will be around 6500′, meaning Mt. Hood is going to see a mix of snow, freezing rain and rain from this system. The majority of the precip (about 1” total) will fall before snow levels drop back to 5000′, meaning the majority of this moisture will fall as rain/freezing rain.

Have an awesome day today!