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Although there are some pretty heavy bands of rain moving through the Portland metro area this morning, they’re moving south to north and staying west of Mt. Hood, keeping the mountain from picking up what would probably be some wet, heavy snow, rather than rain. Even so, models are still showing a bit of snow on the mountain today.
The snow level will be around 5500’ this morning, holding through 4pm or so, and then dropping to 4000’ around 4pm and 2000’ by 10pm. Light snow flurries fall through 1pm, with a break in the action midday and then heavier snow 4pm through 10pm, decreasing overnight, for a total of .2-.4” precip (likely the lower end), for 1-3” of new snow by midnight. Wind will be SW 15-20 early, rising to SW 25-30 early afternoon and dropping to SW 10-15 during the evening.
The NAM and GFS precip models are totally disagreeing on Saturday with the NAM showing flurries all day and the GFS showing clear skies. I’m going with clear skies early, becoming cloudy by 10am, with a few light orographic flurries after that (and probably some sunbreaks, given the NW flow) with less than 1” of new snow on Saturday. The snow level will be 1000’ all day. Wind will be W 15-20 early, going to NW 20-25 by 10am.
Sunday looks clear in the morning and cloudy in the afternoon, with snow starting around 7pm. The freezing level will be 3000’ all day, falling to 2000’ in the evening. Wind will be WNW 10-15 early, going to SW 10-15 early afternoon.
Models, again, are all over the map on precip amounts for Sunday night into Monday, so I think we’re going to have to wait and see how things shake out before I can make a prediction of how much new snow we’ll have on the ground Monday morning. That said, the snow level will be very low on Monday, somewhere around 500-1000’.
Mountain forecasting aside, it looks pretty cold in the Gorge and upper Hood River valley on Sunday night. With a cold, wet system coming in, there’s a pretty good chance of snow in the Gorge Sunday night into Monday morning. Again, the models can’t agree on precip amounts, but I’d say a snow event of some sort is likely.
For those of you interested in the Post Canyon cleanup effort, I’d like to direct you to the Hood River Area Trail Stewards Facebook page. We are a 501c3 local organization dedicated to maintaining all the trails in the Hood River area. Please “like” us on Facebook and stay tuned for updates. For those of you who missed yesterday’s link, here’s the blog post regarding Hood River County’s plan for ice storm cleanup in Post Canyon.
Have a great day today!
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