12/22 Mt. Hood and Gorge snow forecast

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 December 22, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Christmas Eve

Hopefully you’ve been enjoying the snow in the Gorge, because there’s more in the forecast. Looks like we’ll see flurries in the Gorge tonight, but no significant accumulation. On Sunday night, expect icy roads in the Gorge, possibly continuing through the day on Monday, especially above 500′. Snowpocalypse starts around 7am on Christmas, with a very strong east gradient through the Gorge coupled with very heavy incoming precipitation. This is our best chance yet to see I-84 close, as there will be blizzard conditions at Rooster Rock and Cascade Locks. Expect 4-6”+ of snow in the Gorge before a switch to rain after 4pm.

On Mt. Hood, snow continues. The snow level will be at 2000′ early, rising to 3500′ today, dropping to 2000′ tonight (with an inversion in the Gorge). We’ll see .2” water value (WV) this morning, for 1-3” of new snow. Skies become partly cloudy tonight, with flurries. Wind today will be SW 25-30 early, picking up to SW 30-40 this afternoon.

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Sunday starts with flurries. The snow level will be at 2000′ in the morning, dropping to 1000′ in the afternoon and less than 1000′ overnight. Approximately .2” WV falls during the day, for 1-3” of new, followed by another .3” WV overnight, for 2-4” of new. Wind will be SW 30 early, becoming light and variable midday and NW 20 in the evening.

Monday starts with flurries, becoming clear by midday and cloudy in the evening. No measurable snowfall on Monday. The freezing level will be 1000′ early, dropping to 500′ by mid-morning. Wind Monday will be NW 20 early, rising to NW 30 by 10am and becoming light and variable in the evening.

Christmas day looks like a White Christmas mess in the Gorge and a snowy delight on the mountain. The snow level will be be at the surface early, rising to 4000′ late in the evening. Approximately 1-1.5” WV falls during the day, for 10-14” of new on Mt. Hood. The wind will be SW 25 early, 35 midday and 20 in the evening.

Heavy snow continues Wednesday. It’s starting to look like we’ll see high pressure next weekend.

Have an awesome day today!