12/9 Mt. Hood snow, Gorge wind

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 December 9, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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It’s another nice day on Mt. Hood today. I’ve decided to say that all season, no matter what the weather is. Looks like the high clouds moved in earlier than I thought they would, so today starts with clouds and flurries, but I’d bet those flurries turn to freezing rain pretty quickly (ever the optimist, aren’t I?) The freezing level will be around 2000′ this morning, but as a warm front moves in, the freezing level will climb to 7500′ by 4pm. We’ll see a few flurries or sprinkles or even freezing rain during the day, for trace accumulation, followed by .1-.2” of rain on Mt. Hood this evening. Wind today will be light early, becoming NW 10-15 mid-morning, NW 30 by 1pm and NW 40 by 4pm.

Monday brings more high clouds, likely alternating with periods of blue sky midday, becoming solidly cloudy again in the evening. The freezing level will be around 7000′. Even though we’re only 24 hours from tomorrow, models are in disagreement over whether we’ll see precip. At this point, I’m inclined to say we won’t see much, if any, rain. Just a trace, perhaps. Wind Monday will be NW 25-35 early, slowly fading to NW 15-20 in the afternoon.

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Tuesday morning starts off partly cloudy with the freezing level at 8000′. Temps will drop, lowering the freezing level to 6000′ by 1pm and 2000′ by 7pm, which is right about when the snow will start, giving us .4” WV or so by 4am Wednesday for 4-6” of new. Wind on Tuesday will be W 25-30 early, going to WSW 30-35 by 1pm and dropping to 20-25 in the evening.

At this point, Wednesday looks clear and cold, but models aren’t really agreeing on that, so let’s hold off.

In the wind forecast for the Gorge, today looks light, but westerlies are still scheduled for tomorrow, at 26-30 in either the Corridor or Near East. Looks like we’ll see another west wind day on Wednesday.

Have an awesome day today!