12/12 Forecast

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 December 12, 2010

Good morning!

It’s still raining on the snow in the mountains. If you want to hit the ski areas, feel free, although you’d better do so this morning before another round of tropical rain hits Mt. Hood around midday for another 2” or rain or so by tomorrow.

Tomorrow looks rainy, but it looks like the weather will improve on the slopes tomorrow night, with snow levels slowly dropping to 5000 feet by early Tuesday morning. With 1-1.5” of water equivalent expected during the day Monday, conditions on the slopes should be pow-pow (or at least new snow) over wet muck, with decent bonding, by Monday night. It’s hard to say how much of that moisture will fall as snow and how much will fall as rain. I can tell you winds will be light, at 10-20 on Monday.

Snow levels keep falling during the day Tuesday, bottoming out around 2500 feet. However, winds will be in the 30-40mph range all day Tuesday. If you can handle the wind, conditions on the slopes should be worth the drive by Tuesday afternoon. We’re expecting another 1-1.5” of water value during the day Tuesday, so by Wednesday morning, we’re looking at a total 12-15” of pow-pow, maybe even more.

Wednesday looks cold, with snow levels around 3500 feet, winds at 15-25mph, and 3-5” of snow falling during the day.

Winsurfers and kiters will have a chance to hit the river Tuesday afternoon after a strong cold front passes. Gusty 30+mph out in the desert seems like a safe call.

If you’re a boater, the Hood is at a stunning 7.46 feet this morning, the Klickitat’s at a really nice 1180 cfs, and I don’t have a read on the White Salmon. If you like looking at stunning whitewater, head to the old Powerdale dam site (go out Tucker Road, head straight at Nobi’s to Orchard Road, head to the T and take a left on the dirt road called Copper Dam Road) and look at Big Bear Rapid.

Have an awesome day today!