12/21 Solstice Forecast

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 December 21, 2011

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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There’s nothing like taking a day off and not getting up at 4:30am. The one problem with that is the fact that the model runs refresh at 7:45, and I slept ‘til 8, meaning I’m still waiting for some models to refresh so I can see the long-term prospect for snow on the mountain.

In the meantime, today is beautiful. It has to be the most beautiful winter solstice on record in Oregon. How often do we see sunshine in the Gorge on the shortest day of the year?!

For you crazies out there, you’ll be able to go windsurfing or kiting at Stevenson or Rooster this afternoon. Expect 22-25 for your solstice sesh. Expect 30+ tomorrow.

On Mt. Hood, today will be sunny, with temps below freezing and east wind at 25-30.

An inversion develops tomorrow, for warming temps. By 10am, the freezing level will be at 7500’, holding all day. The wind will be light early, picking up to SW 10-20 by 4pm and SW25-30 by 10pm.

A weak system swings through on Friday. Sadly, models are now showing it much weaker than yesterday’s runs, so I’m only expecting 1-2”, at most. The snow level will be at 4500’ early, dropping to 3500’ by 7am when the snow hits. Winds will be WSW 35-40 early, going to W 30-40 by 7am and WNW 30-35+ by 1pm. Sunbreaks should start appearing in the early afternoon.

Christmas Eve Day looks clear, possibly high overcast, with the snow level at 6500’ early, rising to 9000’ in the afternoon for spring skiing. Sunday looks cloudy to start with a snowstorm moving in mid-morning.

Models still show this high pressure system collapsing, with the first strong system hitting Mt. Hood sometime on Tuesday.

Have an awesome day today!


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