Today is the calm before the storm, as far as mountain weather goes. We’ll see trace amounts at Mt. Hood today, and then starting tomorrow morning, all hell breaks loose on the hill. Okay, that’s exaggerating it, as there’s only a strong front passing, not a massive upper level low, but it’s fun to exaggerate!
Starting around 1am tomorrow morning, precipitation starts at Mt. Hood. We’ll see .5”-.75” tomorrow morning through tomorrow afternoon. At this point, models are showing above-freezing temperatures (2-4°C) up to about 6500 feet. Since we can see snow up to about 2°, we might sneak by with snow during this storm. A more likely scenario is a mix of rain and snow to the top of Mt. Hood Express at Meadows, rain at Skibowl, and snow on the higher lifts at Meadows and Timberline. Higher elevations at the resorts will see 6-8” of snow tomorrow with significant drifting from 40mph south-southwest wind. Incidentally, the lower elevations at Meadows tend to be protected from southerly wind, so the skiing, if it’s not raining, could be quite good.
Temperatures hold around 2°C through Thursday, when we’ll see another 1” or so of water equivalent for 10-12” of snow above 5000’. Free air winds switch to westerly at 40mph, giving us 25-35 on the slopes at Meadows.
Snow levels and windspeeds drop on Friday, with another 6-8” of snow from 3500-4000’ on up.
At this point, Saturday looks ugly, so we’re not going to talk about it in the hope that the forecast will change.
If you want to go windsurfing or kiting, the gradient is .26 east right now, for 39 @ Stevenson and 45 @ Rooster (thank you iWindsurf for that information).
As for the weather in the Gorge, above-freezing temperatures at this time suggest we’ll see rain or sleet, rather than freezing rain, tomorrow, as the ground isn’t cold enough to freeze precipitation on contact. That’s a nice change, isn’t it? =)
Have an awesome day today!
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