1/4 Mt. Hood snow and Gorge weather

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 January 4, 2013

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Well, the freezing rain finally arrived, later than precicted, but in an interesting turn of events, it stayed above and west of Hood River. It’s currently freezing rain from Parkdale on up to 8000′ or so, which is making a real mess of things at the ski resorts where they’ve had around .5” of ice. Hood River, at least as of the time of this report, was sneaking by with light snow. The precip should end by 10am, at the very latest, with low clouds likely in the Gorge today along with east wind at 25-30.

In the Gorge tomorrow, expect some snow starting around 10am, or if we’re really lucky, freezing rain, but this one looks more like snow. However, models are in complete disagreement over precip amounts tomorrow, so let’s just call it an inch or two of snow at the most, along with east wind at 30-40+.

It looks like we’ll see light wind on Sunday, returning to east wind on Monday and Tuesday, which, depending on the strength of the east wind, could pose a big problem as the next warm and wet system rides above the cold air Monday night.

Speaking of Sunday, yesterday I meant to say that the Teacup Nordic Party was Sunday, but because I’m confused sometimes, I said Saturday. So, come up to Teacup on SUNDAY for Nordic lessons and cocoa and snacks!

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On Mt. Hood this morning, it’s freezing rain. I thought for sure the temp gradient would support snow up high and freezing rain down low, but nope, that’s not the case. Even NOAA was surprised when I talked to them! Expect the mountain precip to completely end this afternoon, with occasional freezing rain and/or flurries through 4pm. Total precip will be around .1-.2” for the rest of today. Temps will be above freezing between 500-3500′ or so, with the freezing level stabilizing at 2500′ early afternoon and rising to 6500′ this evening. However, the temp will hold right around 32 degrees, even below those freezing levels. Wind today will be W 15-20 early, swinging to SW 10 mid-afternoon.

Saturday starts with high clouds, with light snow flurries moving in around 10am. Total precip will be .1” water value (WV) by 4pm and another .1” (WV) by 4am. That said, models are still all over the place on precip amounts, even this close in, so this could change drastically. The freezing level will be 5500′ early, falling to 3500′ midday and 1500′ in the evening. Temps below those levels will hover between 32-34 degrees, so snow is possible all the way down to the surface. Wind Saturday will be S 20 early, SSW 20-30 midday and 20-25 in the evening.

Sunday brings more snow to the mountain. The snow level will be 1500′ early, dropping to 500′ or less by 1pm. We’ll see .3” WV between 10am and 4pm, for 3-4” of snow, followed by another .2” by 4am Monday, for another 2-3” of new. Wind on Sunday will be SW 15 all day long.

Monday looks partly cloudy in the morning with precip moving in around 4pm. If models are right – and they’ve sure been a pain lately, but they’re better than nothing – this storm will come in hard, warm, and wet. Once again, let’s wait and see…

Have an awesome day today!