12/18-12/19 Mt. Hood snow forecast, Gorge snow forecast

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 December 17, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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It’s very hard to look at Crystal Mountain’s website and see almost three feet of untracked snow waiting for Tuesday morning. As a matter of fact, it was so hard that I’m going up there. So, this will be the last forecast posted until Thursday morning.

In the meantime, a quick reminder of events. On Thursday night, there’s indoor ultimate frisbee at 8:30 at the Hood River Middle School. On Friday night, Columbia Center for the Arts hosts the kayaking movie “Congo”. Everything I’ve heard says that this movie is a mindblowing chronicle of the first descent of the Congo River. I’m going. You should too. 7Pm Friday, $12. Get your tickets at Columbia Center for the Arts or the Kayak Shed.

In Gorge weather news, expect showers and sunbreaks on Tuesday. Tuesday night into Wednesday will likely bring snow, with a few inches in town early Wednesday. The switch to west gradients and warmer temperatures could happen as late as Wednesday afternoon, meaning the snow could continue for much of the day.

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Up on Mt. Hood. Tuesday starts with snow flurries and the snow level at 500′. The snow level will rise to 1000′ around noon, with partly cloudy skies and flurreis. Total precip will be .2” water value (WV) in the morning, for 1-3” of new snow. There will be no significant accumulation overnight. Wind on Tuesday will be SW 20 early, swinging to W 20 by noon.

Wednesday sees snowfall start around 4am, with the snow level slowly rising to 5500′ by 4pm. It will fall back to 2000′ by 10pm. Total precip will be .7” WV by 4pm for 5-7” of snow. Another 1-1.5” WV falls between 4pm and 4am for 10-16” of new snow. There will likely be a brief period of sleet or freezing rain or even maybe rain between 2pm and 7pm. Wind on Wednesday will be SW 35-40 early, risign to SW 45-50 by 7am and holding for the rest of the day, likely becoming more westerly late in the evening.

Thursday sees lots of new snow on the ground, with light snow during the day. The snow level will be around 2500′ all day, with .3” WV before 4pm giving 3-4” of new. Another .2” WV will fall overnight, for a few more inches. Wind on Thursday will be SW 30.

At this point, Friday looks much likely Thursday. Snow and low freezing levels continue through the weekend.

Have an awesome day today!