1/23 Mt. Hood Forecast

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 January 23, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning!

Sunshine on the slopes. Aaaaah…. Remember a few weeks ago when we were complaining about endless sunshine? After 8 days of storming, sunshine’s a gift from the gods. Mt. Hood should stay sunny today, with the freezing level at 500’ in the morning rising to 1000’ in the afternoon. Wind will be N 5-10 early, switching to W 5-10 in the afternoon.

Enjoy the beautiful weather today, because Tuesday and Wednesday are going to be pretty crappy on Mt. Hood, and not much better in the valleys. Tuesday starts off cloudy, with precip starting between 7am and 10am. This is a very warm overrunning system, coming straight to you from the tropics. We might see a couple inches of snow in the mountains before a switch to freezing rain, sleet, and then plain old rain by noon, at the latest. The snow level will be 4000’ in the morning, rising to 10,000’ by 1pm , dropping to 9000’ by 7pm and 7000’ by 10pm. We’ll see 2.5”+ WV (water value) of snow/rain/sleet, quickly switching to all rain by 4pm, with another 2” of rain by 4am Wednesday. Wind on Tuesday will be SW 20-35 early, rising to SW 40-45 by 10am, SW 40-60 by 1pm and going to WSW 45-55 overnight.

The snow level will be around 5500’ Wednesday morning, before rising to 6000’ by 1pm and 7500’ by 10pm. We’ll see 1-1.5” of rain at ski area base elevations on Wednesday before 4pm, with snow higher up. We’ll see another 1” of rain into Thursday morning. Wind on Wednesday will be SW 30-35 most of the day, picking up to WSW 40-50 overnight.

Thursday starts off with some snow flurries, as the snow level drops from 6000’ at 4am to 2000’ at 10am and 500’ by 7pm. We should see clear skies, or at worst, partly cloudy skies, by noon.

At this point, models show a dry day on Friday, with more snow coming in Saturday and Sunday, but there’s not a lot of agreement in those models, so stay tuned.

In the Gorge, it looks like we’ll see another round of snow, switching to freezing rain on Tuesday morning, but the frozen precip should switch to plain ‘ol rain sometime between 1pm and 4pm. It’s not going to be Icemageddon, round II. (And that statement should assure it will be).

Have a great day today!


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