12/12/12 Mt. Hood snow, Gorge snow, Gorge wind and plenty of events, including a naughty north pole.

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 December 12, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Someone asked me yesterday about Hood River Valley snow, because the rumors are a’flying. I think we’ll see snow in Odell and Parkdale on Friday, starting around 4am, with 1-3” falling before 4am. Will it snow in Hood River? Probably, but it probably won’t stick on the roads. In other weather news, today should be dry in the Gorge and so should tomorrow. Friday looks wet. West flow through the Gorge gives us gusty 15-18mph this afternoon. So, you should either be riding bikes or skiing today.

In events, 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. The Hood River Weather website 4th anniversary party is at Pfriem at 4:30pm Friday. Waucoma Club shows the snowboard movie “Further” on Friday night at 6pm (all ages) and 9:30pm (21+). Saturday is the Dirty Fingers “Naughty North Pole” holiday party. 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.

In “help out Temira” news, I am still looking for a night snow reporter / switchboard operator to work for me at Meadows. The right person will have impeccable writing skills, a sense of humor, enthusiasm for skiing/snowboarding in all conditions, and the ability to work unsupervised. Apply at skihood.com.

The Clymb: free membership. Cheap gear. Temira approves. Click to join.

It’s definitely a nice morning on Mt. Hood. Snowing and blowing, just how we like it! The snowing and blowing will diminish as the day goes on, with a mix of flurries, sunbreaks and clouds by afternoon and maybe full-on clearing tonight. The snow level will be around 1500′ this morning, rising to 2000′ in the afternoon and falling to 500′ overnight. Most of the precip has fallen already, but another .1” water value (WV) today is reasonable to expect, for another inch on the ground. Wind today will be NW 20-30 early, falling to NW 10-20 in the afternoon.

Tomorrow starts off clear on the mountain with fog and low clouds in the valleys. High clouds move in midday. The freezing level will be 500′ early, rising to 1000′ in the afternoon. Wind will be N 5-10 early, turning to W 10-15 midday and SW 10-15 in the evening.

Snow starts falling around 1am Friday. The snow level will be less than 1000′, hovering between 500-1000′ all day. This doesn’t look like a strong system, with just .2-.4” WV for 3-5” of new by 1pm, after which skies become partly cloudy. The wind Friday will be W 15-20 early, becoming NW 15-20 mid-morning.

Saturday starts off with high clouds and the freezing level at 500′. A spike in the freezing level to 4000′ mid-morning is followed by a crash in the freezing level early afternoon, to 1000′. I think it’s most likely this system will remain all snow, but there is a chance of a brief spurt of light freezing rain or alternating snow and rain midday. That said, heavy snow starts by 4pm, and .9” falls by 4am Sunday. Call it 8-10” of new snow. The wind is going to push that snow all over the place: At 4am, it’ll be NW 15-25. At 10am, SW 20-30. At 4pm, as the cold front moves through, the wind rises to WSW 40-60, but if the south stays in that wind direction, it shouldn’t be unbearably windy on the lower ski slopes.

Flurries continue Sunday and another strong system moves in for heavy snow Monday.

Have an awesome day today!