12/29 Mt. Hood sun, Gorge cold weather, and the first hard frost of the season.

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 December 29, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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There’s not much to say about the weather today. The overall pattern is one of splitting systems, which means we won’t quite be 100% cloud-free, but we’re also not going to see much in the way of moisture. It is, however, going to be cold. Don’t expect temps to rise much above freezing in the Gorge through. You can also expect the Nothing to stick around today and tomorrow. If we get lucky, it’ll go away on Monday giving us sunshine. That would be nice, because freezing fog isn’t much fun.

Speaking of freezing things… Tuesday will be a great day to go check out frozen waterfalls in the western Gorge. Wednesday looks super windy. The waterfalls will still be pretty, but it will be mighty cold for looking at them with a 40mph east wind. And… the next chance for any precip in the Gorge is Wednesday, and if we really do get any precip, it will fall as light freezing rain. So go look at those waterfalls on Tuesday. Maybe by bike? In 25 degree weather?

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Up on Mt. Hood, the freezing level today will be at 0′, aka “the surface”, with clear skies early, clouds midday, and a little snow, maybe .1-.2” water value overnight, for 1-2” of snow between 7pm and 1am. Wind today will be light N early, rising to N 15 midday and N 20 late.

Tomorrow starts with low fog and clear skies above. The freezing level will be at the surface, and the wind will be NE 15.

Monday looks clear and cold with light north wind.

On Tuesday, it’ll stay cold in the Gorge, but the mountain will warm up in the afternoon, with temps between 2500′ and 7000′ climbing to the mid thirties. Wind will be light and variable.

The next chance for measurable precipitation will be Wednesday into Friday, and even then, it won’t be all that much. And… the models really aren’t agreeing on amounts or timing.

Have an awesome day today!