12/21 Winter solstice Mt. Hood snow forecast

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 December 21, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Don’t forget about the movie Congo, tonight at Columbia Center for the Arts! Also today – and tomorrow – free Burton demos at Meadows. Apparently the world is ending today, so you’d better pack a lot in. And if the world doesn’t end, it’s also the winter solstice, so at least tomorrow will be lighter than today!

In weather news, it may feel like the world is ending in the Gorge, as snow flurries continue today (but with no real accumulation). We’ll probably see more snow in the Gorge Sunday night into Monday, but the real day to watch is Tuesday, as a very strong east pressure gradient combines with an incoming wet system. It’s too far out to see the details, but with surface temps cold, and warm, wet air coming over the top, frozen precip of some sort is likely in the Gorge and Hood River Valley.

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If you’re heading to Hood, the massive snowfall days are done for a bit. Today sees flurries all day, with less than 1” falling by 4pm. The snowfall picks up tonight, for .4-.5” water value (WV) by 4am Saturday for 3-5” of new. The snow level will be at 2500′ all day. The wind will be SW 30 early (up high, anyway), slowly dropping to SW 15 this afternoon.

Saturday sees light flurries and maybe some sunbreaks for less than 2” of new snow between 4am Saturday and 4am Sunday. The snow level will be at 1500′ early, rising to 3000′ midday and dropping back to 2500′ in the evening. Wind will be SSW 30 all day.

Sunday starts off with the snow level at 1500′ (with an inversion in the Gorge) falling to 500′ in the afternoon. Snow flurries fall during the day, for a trace of new. After 4pm, .3-.4” WV falls, for 3-5” of new snow, mostly before midnight, after which the sky becomes partly cloudy. Wind on Sunday will be SW 35 early, fading during the day, becoming light and variable in the afternoon and NW overnight.

Monday sees a few flurries in the morning with sunshine in the afternoon. The freezing level will be 500′, and the wind will be moderate out of the NW.

Tuesday through Thursday looks cold and snowy.

Have an awesome day today!