1/27 Mt. Hood Forecast

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 January 27, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning!

It’s going to be a lovely day on Mt. Hood today with light wind and clear skies. The freezing level will be at the surface in the Gorge, with an inversion building as the day goes on. The free air freezing level will be at the surface in the morning, rising to 3500’ by 4pm, and climbing to 4000’ by 10pm. Zero precip and W wind at 5-10, rising to 10-15 today.

Tomorrow looks clear and dry, with the possibility of thin high overcast and filtered sun, especially in the afternoon. There will be a big inversion (but likely clear skies in the Gorge), with the free air freezing level at 7500’ at 4am, rising to 9000’ by 4pm and holding. Wind will be WNW 15-20 at 4am, SW 15-20 at 4pm and SW 30-35 by 10pm.

Sunday morning starts off cloudy and then gets yucky/nasty/unpleasant. The snow level will be at 8000’ at 4am, 6500’ at 7am, 5500’ at 4pm, 5000’ at 7pm and 4000’ at 10pm. We’ll see precip start by 7am, likely in the form of rain, with heavy precip through noon for .8” water value. We might see a brief break before another 1.0” WV of precip falls between 4pm Sunday and 4am Monday. Wind will be SW 40-50 early, going to WSW 30-40 by 7am and then switching to W 30-35 around 7pm and WNW 25-30 by 10pm.

How much will be rain and how much will be snow on Sunday? Well, that’s the $74 question, isn’t it? I think the first .8” is going to be mostly rain. The second 1” should fall as snow, for 7-9” of new by Monday morning.

For you Gorge people, at this point, it looks like it will be just warm enough in the Gorge on Sunday to avoid another disastrous storm.

Weekday warriors see snow flurries Monday morning, becoming clear in the afternoon, with WNW wind at 20-25. The freezing level will be 3000’ at 4am, dropping to 1500’ by 7am.

Upcoming events: Mazamas fundraiser for NWAC in Portland tonight. Rail Jam at Timberline tonight, rail jam at Meadows tomorrow, and free yoga at Root Yoga, 202 Cascade in Hood River, Saturday morning at 9am.

Have a great day today!


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