1/20 Mt. Hood Forecast

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 January 20, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning!

So remember what I said about the track of the low yesterday? About how if it stayed south of Mt. Hood, we’d stay snow and if it swung north we’d see rain? At the last minute, it took a little jog to the north and we ended up in the warm air, for rain yesterday evening. We’re back to snain now (that stuff that’s white but is wetter than rain), and it’s not going to get much better today.

We’ll see temps drop a bit midday, holding the snow level around 5000’, but by mid-afternoon, it’ll be back to rain on the ski slopes, with the snow level around 7500’. We’ll see .4” WV (water value) before 1pm, for 1-3” of new snow, depending on elevation. After that, we’ll see .7” WV between 4pm today (Friday) and 4am Saturday. Wind today will be SW 15-25 early, rising to SSW 20-25 by 10am and going to SW 40-50 by 4pm and holding overnight.

Saturday sees the snow level at 5500’ at 1am, dropping to 1500’ by 4am and 1000’ by 7am and then holding through the day. This is going to make a big mess on the ski lifts, as rain falls through 1am or so, switching to wet snow and then light snow. The .7” WV that falls overnight will be half rain and then 3-4” of new snow by 4am. We’ll see another .6” WV by 4pm, for 6-8” of new snow during the day. Wind on Saturday will be SW 40-50 early, swinging to a miserable W 45-55 by 10am and finally backing off a bit to W 35-45 by 7pm.

We’ll have another .2” WV Saturday night, for 2-3” of new snow by Sunday morning, followed by another .4-.5” WV by 4pm for 5-6” of new snow Sunday with the snow level at 1000’ or less. Wind will be SW 15-20 early, swinging to SSW 25-30 by 10am and SW 35-40 by 1pm.

Sunday afternoon gets its own paragraph, as it’s a bit complicated. Although models don’t show high snow levels, there’s warm air aloft with the incoming system. I think we’ll see a brief period of warming and light rain between 1pm and 4pm, before the snow level drops back down to 1500’ by 10pm. As the snow level drops, the wind will swing to W 40-45.

Between 10pm Sunday and 4am Monday, we’ll see .4” WV for 4-6” of new snow. We’ll then see a break in the precip with partly cloudy skies. The snow level will be around 1000’, with WSW wind at 35-45.

Tuesday and Wednesday, sadly, look very warm, wet and rainy. Maybe the storm track will change its path? Crossing my fingers…

As for the Gorge, well… east winds continue through 4am tomorrow or so, meaning we’ll see continued wintry conditions with freezing rain, sleet and, if we’re lucky, snow. Hopefully all of you have power, fireplaces, and intact houses, and hopefully things stay that way.

Have a great day today!


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