12/11 Forecast

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 December 11, 2010

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Good morning!

There’s a ton of new snow in the mountains this morning, and your chance to enjoy it is now. Early. Go get it. There’s a gullywasher on the way later, with several inches of rain forecast to fall later today into tomorrow.

(And don’t forget about the winter storm warning in the upper Hood River Valley, where 4-8 inches of snow is predicted.)

The question, of course, is what time the rain will start at Meadows and T-Line today. I don’t know, of course, but I’m going to guess 11am. That’s just a guess, and it’s probably tinted with a bit of optimism about epic ski conditions early this morning. 18” of new is a lot. Winds will start out fairly light with this storm, but around mid-afternoon, they’ll start picking up. We’ll see averages in the 25-30 range this evening, picking up into the 30-35 range by tomorrow morning.

Models are suggesting we’ll get lucky tomorrow, as far as rain goes, with the bulk of the precipitation staying north of the Columbia River. That isn’t going to save us from the wind, however. Enough wind on the slopes to affect lift operations at all the ski areas Sunday seems a pretty safe bet.

At this point, it looks like this afternoon, tomorrow and Monday are write offs on Mt. Hood, with high snow levels, strong wind, and rainfall measured in inches. Snow returns early Tuesday morning, with dumping snow, 3000’ snow levels, and more snow falling all next week. Winds will be quite strong on Tuesday, picking up into the very strong range overnight, and continuing into Wednesday.

If you are a boater, you’re super stoked. The White Salmon was at 3 feet yesterday, and will keep rising. The Hood peaked at 7.1ft, and was back down to 5.5 or so last night. It will rise significantly over the next couple of days, likely going well over this week’s previous high of 7.1 feet. If you’re just a person curious as to what rivers are at or near flood stage, check out the Northwest River Forecast Center website. Here’s the link to the current level of the Hood River.

Have an awesome day today!


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