12/15 Mt. Hood snow forecast

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 December 15, 2011

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Well. It’s nice to have new snow on the mountain, but I sure didn’t see the freezing rain coming. Neither did NOAA. When I called them to complain this morning, they were as baffled and stunned as I was. Sorry guys, but we have no explanation. Maybe the upper level low dragged some warm air along its southern portion as it crossed Washington early this morning?

Anyway, I think we’re going to see continued orographic precipitation on Mt. Hood today. I would guess it will switch back to snow around 10am, with another 1-2” of accumulation. The freezing level will be around 1500’ (not that it’s helping, with the precip falling as supercooled liquid). Wind will be W 15-25 early, fading slowly to W 5-10 by 7pm.

Tomorrow sees an inversion build under clear skies. The freezing level will be 8000’ early, rising to 10,000’ by 4pm. Mt. Hood wind will be N 10-20 early, going to NW 15-25 by 10am and swinging to W 10-15 by 4pm.

Saturday looks dry as well, with a continuing inversion and the freezing level around 10,000’. Mt. Hood wind will be SW 5-10 early, going to W 20-30 by 4pm.

Sunday looks a bit odd, with limited moisture in the atmosphere coalescing around 5000’ to form either fog, freezing fog, low clouds, light freezing rain, or possibly some random light mix of frozen precip in the morning hours. We’ll have to wait and see on this one. The freezing level will be around 5500’-6000’ early, dropping to 4000’ in the afternoon. The wind will be W 10-15 going to NW 10-20 in the afternoon.

In mountain biking news, Post Canyon was still awesome yesterday. I don’t know if the ½” of snow we had in the Gorge last night will affect the awesomeness, but it’s probably worth checking if you’re not headed to the mountain. Riding Post beats the heck out of riding your trainer in front of your TV.

Coming up this weekend, Santa will be at Skibowl all day Saturday. Saturday is also the first Meadows rail jam of the season. Sunday is the NW demo tour at Meadows. Free demos of all the latest gear… this is your chance to try all the coolest, newest, raddest stuff.

Have an awesome day today!


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