12/7 Mt. Hood snow, Gorge wind and a touch of freezing fog

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 December 7, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Yes, yes, there’s new snow. 6” to be exact. Well, actually 7”, but I can’t tell you that because I have to stick with the telemetry numbers. Anyway, it should be a good day on Mt. Hood. It should be a great day for the daily double, even though that’s supposed to be a spring thing. West wind picks up today to 28-32 in the Corridor (maybe) and Near East (most likely). So, powder this morning and blowing smoke this afternoon. If you’re really ambitious, go for the three-sport day!

Westerlies continue in the mid-twenties tomorrow, but the real blowing smoke day will be Monday. Models are still calling for nuking westerlies in the Corridor with temps in the mid-forties. Come on. That’s not so bad…

In regular old weather news, expect showers in the Gorge today, cloudy skies and sunbreaks tomorrow, and freezing fog on Sunday.

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On to the snow forecast, snow continues all day today, with another .4-.6” water value (WV) by 4pm and another .1-.2” WV by 4am Saturday. With the snow level around 3000′, falling to 1500′ after 7pm, that gives us 4-6” of snow before 4pm and another 1-2” overnight. Wind today will be WNW 30-35 early, rising to 40-45 around noon and dropping a bit in the late afternoon.

Saturday brings snow flurries and sunbreaks. The freezing level will be around 1000′, and there will be no significant accumulation. Wind will be NW 30-35 early, slowly dropping to 20-25 by 4pm.

Sunday looks clear or partly cloudy on the mountain with fog in the valleys, and maybe even some freezing fog at lower mountain slopes. The freezing level will be at the surface early, rising to 6000′ by 1pm and 7000′ by 4pm. The wind will be W 20-25 early, turning to NW 20-30 around noon and picking up to NW 30-35 by 4pm.

Monday looks clear and sunny and ripping windy. The freezing level will be at 7500′ early, slowly falling to 5500′ by noon. The wind will be NW 40-50 early, becoming more NNW at 30-50 mid-morning (sorry for the big range, but it’s really hard to predict north wind on Mt. Hood), and becoming N 30-40 at 1pm.

The long-range forecast suggests a bit of snow or rain on Tuesday and then colder weather and light precip through the first half of next week.

Have an awesome day today!