12/13 Forecast

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 December 13, 2011

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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It’s another sunny day on the mountain and another chilly, gloomy day in the Gorge. With snow conditions deteriorating to hardpack at the resorts, it’s time for a different sport: mountain biking, windsurfing or kiting. It’s blowing 35 at Rooster and Stevenson, and it’s above freezing, just barely, meaning it’s a great day for being on the Columbia. Or maybe not. Anyway…

It will be cool and clear on Mt. Hood today, with temperatures approaching 32 in the afternoon. Winds will be out of the NW at 5-10mph today with the freezing level at sea level.

Tomorrow starts off clear with light wind and the freezing level at sea level. The snow level rises to 1000’ by 4pm, the wind swings to the SW at 10-15, and snow starts falling around 10pm.

Sadly, the amount of moisture has backed off with this system. We’ll see 1-2” by Thursday 4am, and then another inch or two during the day (most likely just 1”). Mt. Hood wind will be W 15-20 early, swinging around to N 15-25 in the afternoon as the sky clears. The snow level will be at the surface early, for snow everywhere, rising to 1000’ around 10am, except in the Gorge, where snow will fall through early afternoon.

Friday looks dry. At this point, it looks like the blocking high pressure system will dissipate starting Monday. But then again, some models show the ridge rebuilding next week.

Have an awesome day today!


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