12/31 Mt. Hood and Gorge Forecast

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 December 31, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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It’s so cold in the Gorge this morning! 25 degrees. I guess my pepper plants will finally die. Good thing I brought the bay laurel and the jasmine in last night! Hopefully you like cold weather, because it’s going to stick around for a while. At least the Nothing shouldn’t stick around. Today looks cloudy, with a few flurries late in the day. Models suggest the air is dry enough to give us clear weather on Tuesday and Wednesday, despite the temperature inversion. That inversion Wednesday will be a monster: it’s going to be almost 40 degrees at the ski resorts and in the mid twenties in the Gorge.

East winds will be brutal in the western Gorge: 30mph today, 40mph tomorrow, and 50mph on Wednesday. 50 mph east wind + 25 degree weather = 4.4 degree wind chill. Not nice for looking at frozen waterfalls. Nice for sipping cocoa in the car while looking at frozen waterfalls, maybe!

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Anyway, on to the ski forecast. It was gorgeous on Mt. Hood yesterday. I’ve never seen the sky so blue! Today starts off fairly clear up there, with mid-level clouds moving in midday and a few flurries starting up around 4pm. Clear sky returns overnight. The freezing level today will be at the surface, and total snowfall will be less than 1”. Wind today will be NW 15ish in the morning, becoming light and variable during the day and E 10-15 overnight.

New Year’s Day looks clear on Mt. Hood, with the freezing level at the surface early and a developing inversion taking temps between 3000′ and 9000′ just over freezing in the afternoon. Wind will be NE 10-15 early, becoming light and variable in the afternoon. No precip.

Wednesday starts with a monster inversion, with very cold weather in the valleys and temps in the mid to upper 30’s between 3000′ and 9000′. The sky will be clear early, with high clouds moving in sometime during the day. Wind will be SW 10-15 early, becoming S 20-30 in the afternoon. No precip.

Things get interesting on Thursday, but unfortunately, models are all over the place with the storm track, so we’re going to have to wait a day or two to see how interesting the weather becomes. There will be some form of precipitation on Mt. Hood, and some frozen form of precipitation in the valleys. But the type and amount of precip is really anyone’s guess at this point. After Thursday, there’s complete disagreement between the models, so I’m not making any predictions.

Have an awesome day today!