12/8 Mt. Hood snow and Gorge wind forecast

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 December 8, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Here we go. It’s the weekend. It’s Brewfest at Meadows, always a well-hyped event and never a super-crowded event. Maybe it has something to do with the requirement that you drive 45 minutes on chains-required snowy roads after drinking intoxicating beverages? Joking aside, please be safe and pick a designated driver if you’re attending. And remember, alcohol works better at 5300′.

Anyway, Brewfest or not, it should be a nice day on the mountain today, with sunbreaks and flurries in the morning followed by snow in the afternoon with the snow level around 1500′ or less all day. Snowfall won’t be heavy; just .2” water value (WV) falls by 4pm, most of that after noon, for 1-2” of new. Another .1” falls tonight for an inch of new tomorrow. Wind today will be NW 25-30 early, rising to 30-35 midday and backing off overnight.

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Sunday starts off clear, with high clouds moving in by mid-morning. The freezing level will be less than 1000′ in the morning. A warm system moves over top, and temps from 6500′ down rise above freezing by 1pm. With the freezing level so high, when the precip starts around 10pm, it’ll fall as rain, for .1-.2” overnight. The wind will be out of the north early, making wind speeds hard to predict, but the wind will go to NW 25-30 around noon, rising to NW 40-45 overnight.

Monday starts off clear, or maybe with high clouds and clearing. No precip all day. The freezing level will be 6500′ all day. Wind will be NNW 35-45 all day, backing off to 20-25 after 4pm.

Tuesday starts with high clouds and the freezing level at 6500′. The freezing level will fall Tuesday night, but we’re going to have to wait to see whether the precip coming in Tuesday night falls as rain or snow.

For you windsurfers and kiters, I’m hoping someone made it to The Wall yesterday. It was reading 35mph, so was probably pretty good. Today doesn’t bring much wind, but Sunday brings afternoon westerlies. It’s really hard to peg where it’ll blow this time of year, so I suggest looking at the satellite imagery and driving to the east of the low clouds. Monday’s still looking quite windy – in the mid to upper twenties – and with high pressure off the coast and no systems moving through, it’s likely the wind will be in the Corridor, at Mosier, or in the Doug’s/Rowena stretch of the river.

Have an awesome day today!