12/11/12 Mt. Hood snow forecast

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 December 11, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Get this: It’s another nice day on Mt. Hood! It’s starting off partly cloudy, but it will quickly become cloudy and then slowly become snowy. The snow level, around 6000′ this morning, falls to 4000′ around 1pm and 2500′ by 7pm. Precip starts around 1pm, meaning it will fall as snow. We’ll see .6” water value (WV) or so between 1pm and 10pm, for 5-6” of new snow, followed by another .1” WV overnight for another 1” by 4am Wednesday. Wind today will be WSW 35-40 early, becoming W 30-35 at 1pm and falling to W 20 overnight.

Wednesday brings a mix of sunbreaks and flurries to Mt. Hood, with the snow level around 1000′ and WNW wind at 20mph early, becoming NW 20 mid-morning. Intermittent flurries continue overnight, for no significant accumulation Wednesday.

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Thursday starts off clear, with high clouds moving in during the afternoon. The freezing level will be 500′ early, rising to 1000′ in the afternoon. Wind will be light NE early, increasing out of the SW in the afternoon. Models are in disagreement starting Thursday, as they struggle to predict an incoming system. Some models suggest it’ll arrive Thursday afternoon, and some hold it off until Friday afternoon. That makes it quite hard to say how much precip we’ll see Thursday.

Models are all over the map after Thursday, with the general consensus being for decent precip amounts headed somewhere between northern California and northern Washington. Somebody is going to get lots of snow, and somebody is going to get lots of rain, but with zero consensus in the models, I’m not going to hazard a guess about our weather at this point.

Moving on to other stuff, there isn’t much wind in the forecast the next couple of days, but we should see nice dry weather for riding bikes! Coming up Friday, just in time for your holiday shopping, it’s the Da Kine warehouse sale at 221 Weber in The Dalles, noon to 4pm. On Sunday, the DimWits have a trail work party in Cascade Locks at the easyCLIMB trail. Also Sunday, there are free ski and snowboard demos at Meadows at the NW Demo Tour.

Have an awesome day today!