2/13 Mt. Hood snow (disappointing amounts of it), Gorge wind, and brown pow. More brown pow. When will we get deep pow?

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 February 13, 2013


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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

I’m sick. And I’m surprised. It’s hard concentrating on writing this forecast when all I really want to do is crawl back into bed. Really hard concentrating. That’s what’s surprising. That said, once the sun comes up, and once I finish my day’s work, sickness won’t stop me from pursuing brown pow on the bike trails. So take that, stupid virus. I’ll beat you into submission by beating myself up on the trails!

Gorge weather for the next few days looks mild and bike-friendly. It’s 49 degrees this morning. It’ll actually get a bit colder today, but will stay in the 40’s with a few rain showers. Thursday looks similar, with temps in the upper 40’s all day under cloudy sky. Friday brings a return to the gloomy inversion, but temps should stay in the upper 30’s to low 40’s. Saturday looks a bit colder, but will likely clear in the afternoon. Wind for the next few days: W 25-29 east of Hood River today, with 17-21 near town. W 10-15 tomorrow morning, picking up to 21-24 in the afternoon. Friday brings easterlies at 26-30. Saturday starts with light east wind, switching to west wind in the afternoon.

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It’s starting to look like yesterday’s precip models were doing some outlying, as they’ve backed way off on precip amounts. That’s changing my plans for today! The snow level is currently around 4500′ (and it rained on Mt. Hood last night). The snow level will fall to 2500′ this afternoon and evening. Precip amounts, around an inch in yesterday’s model runs, have backed off to .2-.3” water value (WV) today, so we’ll only see 2-3” more snow. Another .1” or so falls overnight, for another inch of snow. Wind today will be strong: WNW 35-40 this morning, W 30-35 midday and NW 25 in the evening.

Tomorrow starts off cloudy / partly cloudy on Mt. Hood. The snow level will be 5500′ early, 6000′ at 10am, and 7000′ by 4pm. Fortunately, the precip will mostly stay north of us, with just a few sprinkles or very wet flurries falling during the day. No significant accumulation. The sky will clear overnight.

Friday looks sunny and warm on the mountain. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be 9000-10000′ all day. Wind will be NE 10 in the morning, becoming SW 15 in the afternoon, at which point some high clouds may move in.

Saturday starts off clear with a few flurries possible in the afternoon. The FAF will be 9000′ early, 6500′ mid-morning, 5000′ in the early afternoon, and 1500′ in the evening. Models are all over the place on precip amounts, so I’m not making any guesses at this point. Nothing significant, if I had to guess. Wind will be SW 20 early, W 25 midday, and W 30 in the evening (although I won’t be surprised by stronger wind given the huge drop in the freezing level).

Sunday looks clear, cold and dry.

The extended forecast suggests colder, wetter weather for the beginning of next week.

Have an awesome day today!