12/17 Forecast

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 December 17, 2011

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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We’re back in the high pressure ridge sunny Mt. Hood setup today. Speaking of sunny, I was in Portland yesterday and it was gorgeous. Sunny, warm, beautiful. The Gorge really gets screwed over during these high pressure inversions.

Today looks sunny and warm on Mt. Hood. The freezing level will be 10000’ for most of the day, slowly dropping to around 8000’ by midnight when clouds start moving in. The wind will be SW at 5-10 early, picking up to WSW 25-30 by 7pm.

A weak cold front moves in tonight, packing a massive wallop of .05-.1” water value. Total accumulation will be 1″, 2″ if we are very lucky. Precip starts around 4am tomorrow, quite possibly starting as rain (in the grand tradition of the NW Demo Tour) and quickly switching to snow and continuing as light flurries through 4pm.The snow level will be around 5500’ at 4am, dropping to 1000’ by 7am and then slowly rising to 3000’ by 4pm. It’s going to be windy tomorrow too. WNW 30-40+ at 4am goes to NW 35-45 at 7am, dropping to NW 20-30 by 10am and going to N 20-25 in the afternoon.

Monday looks dry and clear, with the freezing level around 6000-7000’ and N wind at 15-20. A weak system brushes Mt. Hood on Tuesday. At this point, the GFS doesn’t snow much in the way of moisture, but other models are a bit more optimistic. At this point, I’d suggest planning on very little snowfall in the next 5-7 days.

For the crazy windsurfers and kiters out there, this morning’s .12 east gradient is enough fro 25-30 at Stevenson and 30-35 at Rooster. Tomorrow brings westerlies at 21-24, assuming the front comes in early enough to kick them off.

For slopeside entertainment this weekend, Santa will be at Skibowl today, there’s a rail jam at Meadows today, and the NW Demo Tour will be at Meadows on Sunday. Also this weekend, Heather Herbeck is holding a “Pray for Precip” party somewhere, location TBD. If you can’t be there for the party, be there in spirit, because we need some rain or snow or … something!

Have an awesome day today!


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