1/2 Mt. Hood and Gorge Forecast

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 January 2, 2013

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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It looks like the low clouds have moved up in elevation a bit today, which is better than low clouds sitting right over White Salmon. I really thought the gloom might dissipate today, but now I’m not so sure. Anyway, it’s going to stay right around freezing in the Gorge today, with an E .29 gradient giving us 40-50mph east wind at Rooster Rock.

If you want to see the sun, you can probably find it in the windy zone: it was gorgeous and sunny at the Cascade Locks easyCLIMB trail yesterday. Tomorrow looks like a better chance of clear sky in the Gorge, at least in the morning, before high clouds and and a tenth or two of an inch of freezing rain move in around midday, continuing through early evening. It’s possible the precip will fall as snow, but likelier it will fall as freezing rain.

Friday looks like a better chance of sun in the Gorge, but the gloom returns on Saturday. Back to the freezing waterfalls: it sounds like the small waterfalls have lots of ice, but not the big waterfalls… yet…

If you’d really like to find sun, it’s above you, at the ski resorts.

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Today looks sunny on Mt. Hood, with above-freezing temps between 3000′ and 9000′. Wind will be S10 in the morning and S 20 in the afternoon, with no precipitation.

Thursday starts off clear on the mountain, becoming cloudy midday with a bit of rain moving in, then switching to snow between 10am and 7pm, with a total of .1-.3” water value. Or maybe we’ll get really lucky with all snow, all the time, in which case we’ll get 2-3” of new. The likelier story is mixed precip.Temps will be above freezing in the 3000-8000′ bubble to start, and then the freezing level will fall to 1000′ overnight. Wind on Thursday will be S 30 in the morning, SSW 30 midday and SW 25 in the evening, becoming W 20 overnight.

Friday looks sunny, with the freezing level at 1000′ early and 6000′ later, with a developing inversion overnight giving us above-freezing temps from 3000′ to 9000′. Wind on Friday will be W 15 early becoming light and variable midday.

Saturday looks sunny on the mountain with above-freezing temps between 3000′ and 8000′ with SW wind at 15 or so. High clouds move in during the afternoon.

Have an awesome day today!