My night snow reporter put this on the Meadows website last night: “Come take a ride on the Pineapple Express.” If you want to ride that train (and god knows why you might want to), you can head to Meadows, T-Line or Skibowl. A much better way to ride the Pineapple Express would be to go boating today. The Hood’s at 9.7 feet, the White Salmon’s right around 4 feet, the Klickitat’s at 3160 cfs, and the Wind River is at (are you nuts?) 11.5 feet. Now, that’s what I call taking a ride on the Pineapple Express.
If you’d prefer to ride the La Nina Express, she’ll be pulling into the station overnight tonight. Rain will change to snow from 4500’ up sometime between midnight and 4am. By tomorrow afternoon, we’ll have 6-8” of new on the slopes with snow levels dropping to 3000’ and temperatures in the mid to upper twenties at 5000’. The bulk of the snow will fall between 2am and 2pm. Along with this storm, we’ll see wind. Averages at MHM will be near 20mph with gusts near 40mph. Expect early morning conditions of dust-on-crust on the slopes, improving to deeper powder over crust by afternoon. Skibowl night skiing will likely be very good tomorrow night, as will the afternoon session at Meadows.
By Wednesday morning, we’ll have a total of 13-16” of new snow from this storm with snow levels at 2500’ or so. Another 4-6” of snow will fall during the day Wednesday, with winds in the 10-15mph range. Wednesday should be near-epic.
Thursday and Friday look dry, with possible sunshine on the slopes and a chance of (finally) seeing some upper lifts and terrain open.
By Saturday, we’ll be back to stormy weather. With cold continental air trapped in the desert and east winds blasting through the Gorge at the end of the week, there’s a good chance we’ll see another round of wintry weather in the Gorge. This is getting a little ridiculous, isn’t it?
Have an awesome day today!
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