1/30 Mt. Hood Forecast

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 January 30, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning!

Welcome to a stormy morning on Mt. Hood! We’ll see slowly dropping wind today and slowly clearing skies. The snow level will be at 1000’ all day, rising briefly to 4000’ in the afternoon and dropping back to 1000’ by Tuesday morning. Total precip today will be around .25”, for 2-3” of new snow. Wind will be very strong early, WNW 40+, dropping to 30-35+ by 8am, 25-30 by 10am, 10-15 by 1pm and 5-10 by 4pm. We’ll see orographic snow showers through early afternoon, when skies will start clearing, becoming partly cloudy overnight.

Tuesday sees the freezing level at 1000’ early, rising to 4500’ in the afternoon, with little to no precip. We’ll likely see high overcast skies above Mt. Hood with low clouds thrown into the mix for fun and possibly foggy periods. Wind Tuesday will be SW 20-25 at 4am, swinging to W 20-25 at 10am and SW 15-20 in the afternoon.

Models are disagreeing a bit on precip amounts on Wednesday, and since I’m an optimist, I’m going with the one with the most snow, but take this with a grain of salt. The snow level will be 2000’ through 7pm, when warm upper-level air and high pressure starts moving in. Snow starts falling around 1am, for .6” between 1am and 1pm for 6-7” of new snow. Wind will be SW 35-40 early, swinging to WNW 25-30+ by 10am and NW 25-30+ by 4pm, dropping to 15-25 in the evening. Savvy readers will note that .6” of precip with WNW wind is unlikely… like I said, models aren’t in agreement on Wednesday’s weather.

Thursday, on the other hand, looks dry and clear (or with high clouds) on all the models. Expect the free air freezing level to be at 6000’ early, rising to 7000’ by 7am and 9000’ in the evening. Wind will be light NW early, swinging to SE 10-20 by 7am. The wind on Thursday bears watching, as easterlies on Mt. Hood tend to be a lot stronger than the models predict.

The extended forecast through next weekend shows dry, sunny weather on Mt. Hood interspersed with periods of high cloudiness.

For you windsurfers and kiters, you’ll have westerlies at 24-28 in the desert both today and Wednesday. Thursday and Friday bring strong east wind at Stevenson and Rooster Rock.

Have a great day today!


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