1/25 Mt. Hood forecast. ‘Mixed Precipitation’ is a four-letter word. Gorge wind/snow. Free avalanche awareness clinic.

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 January 25, 2013

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

Ah yes. Rain. It’s a delightful return to ‘normal’ winter weather here in the Gorge. The inversion has been scrubbed away, and it’s just a normal cloudy day. The normality will continue today, with showery weather all day. It looks like temps may dip below freezing tonight. If that’s the case, there’s a decent chance of a shot of freezing rain overnight tonight in the Gorge, so be aware and equipped with studs if you have driving plans. We’ll see light east wind today and tomorrow, followed by west wind at 21-24 on Sunday, as high pressure builds off the coast. If the forecast holds, the Gorge will see summer-style strong (30+) Corridor westerlies Monday through Wednesday. The Columbia is a toasty 39°, meaning to make 100, you’re going to have to use Temira’s Rule: air temp + water temp + wind speed ≥ 100.

In events, don’t forget about Ranger Jimmy T’s avalanche awareness clinic tonight at Dog River Coffee at 7pm. Learning the basics of backcountry safety won’t hurt you, so you might as well be there. Plus, it’ll be a fun social event.

The Clymb: free membership. Cheap gear. Temira approves. Click to join.

On Mt. Hood this morning, it’s raining and snowing and doing other things that will get you really wet on the outside, and may even chill your warm and happy heart. The not-quite-cold-enough wet stuff will keep falling through 5pm or so, when it’ll switch to snow. We’ll get .4” water value (WV) by 4pm, mostly as rain. After that, we’ll see another .3” for 2-3” of new snow. The snow level will be 6500′ at 7am, 6000′ at 1pm and 4000′ at 7pm. Wind today will be SW 30 early, 20-30 midday and 20 in the evening.

Tomorrow brings colder weather. The snow level will be 1500′ early, 1000′ at 10am and 500′ at 10pm. Snow picks up after 7am, with .3” WV by 4pm for 2-4” of new. Another .1-.2” falls overnight Saturday, for 1-2” of new. Wind Saturday will be SW 25 early, 20 midday, W 15 at 4pm and W 15-20 in the evening.

Sunday brings snow showers and sunbreaks during the day, with heavier snow after 7pm. Looks like we’ll see around .6” WV by Monday morning for 6-8” of new. The snow level will be at 500′ all day. Wind will be NW 20 in the morning, 25 mid-afternoon and W 30 overnight.

Monday looks very snowy and cold, with the snow level at 1500′. We’ll get .8” WV for 8-10” during the day, followed by another .8” WV and another 8-10” by Tuesday morning. However, if the wind forecast holds, the chance of many lifts running on Monday is minimal: WNW 40 early, NW 45 by 10am and WNW 50 in the afternoon is enough to swing chairs all over the place.

Models are still disagreeing on temps/precip/etc after Monday…

In local news, the Port of Hood River is applying for grants for funding a waterfront path through the Nichols Boat Basin area. Please take 5 minutes (or less) to fill out this easy survey in support. If you’d like to do more, letters of support are needed. Email heatherstaten@gorge.net . If you’d like to view the proposal and perhaps suggest changes in your letter, the proposal can be found on the final page of the grant application available here.

Have an awesome day today!