12/15 Mt. Hood snow forecast

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 December 15, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Nice seeing all of you at the Da Kine warehouse yesterday. Don’t forget that tonight is the Dirty Fingers Naughty North Pole Christmas Party. Tomorrow is a trail work party at the easyCLIMB in Cascade Locks.

In weather news, get your (relatively) dry weather now, because we’re going to get snow this morning in the Gorge. It probably won’t stick at river level, but it will up in Odell and Parkdale. And if snow doesn’t trouble you, maybe cold rain will, and there will be plenty of that over the next two days. Next chance for relatively dry weather is Tuesday. In wind news, there’s nothing of note, other than the fact that east gradients this morning will hold through 4pm or so, keeping the Gorge cold enough for borderline snowy conditions.

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Mt. Hood starts out partly cloudy today, but snow moves in by 10am. The snow level will be somewhere around 0-500′ this morning, rising to 1000′ in the afternoon. We’ll see .4” water value (WV) by 4pm, for 4-6” of new snow. Another .4” falls by 4am Sunday for another 4-6”. Wind today will be SW 15-20 early, rising to SW 30 by 10am, WSW 30-40 by 1pm and then swing to WNW 40 around 4pm and WNW 35 in the evening.

Sunday morning looks very snowy, with the snow level at 1000′ early, 1500′ at 10am, 2000′ at 4pm, and then rising briefly to 5500′ at 10pm before falling back to 3500′ early Monday morning. We’ll get .7” WV by 4pm, for 6-8” of new. The next round of moisture, coming in after 4pm, contains 1.5-2.0” water value, but it’s going to fall as heavier snow, for 10-16”+, with a chance of a dash of rain mixed in. Wind on Sunday will be WNW 35-40 early, going to WSW 25-30 by 10am, WSW 40-50 by 4pm and holding overnight.

The snow level on Monday morning will be around 3000′, falling to 1500′ in the afternoon. We’ll get a ton of snow, with 1.5” WV by 4pm for 13-18” of new snow during the day, followed by another .2-.3” into Tuesday morning for a few more inches of snow. The wind will be strong on Monday: WSW 40-50 early, turning more westerly around 7am for lift-swinging W 40-50+ all day, followed by WNW 45-55 in the late afternoon.

Tuesday looks cold and showery, with the snow level at 5000′ , moderate wind, and .2-.3” WV for a few inches of new snow. Models do not have a consensus after Tuesday, but the general trend is cold and wet.

Have an awesome day today!