2/15 Mt. Hood snow, Gorge wind, and all-around mellow weather forecast.

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 February 15, 2013


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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

I just stepped outside my house for a moment, expecting to see cloudy sky above. Instead, it’s clear in the Gorge this morning, which bodes well for a gorgeous, sunny day today. You already know what I’m going to say, don’t you? It’s a bike riding day! A certain HRATS trail fairy raked all of Mitchell Ridge yesterday, so if you can stomach the Seven Streams clearcut and the mess that’s been made of Spaghetti Factory, there’s a perfectly buffed downhill waiting for you. If not, well, Syncline should be perfect, as it’s an east wind day and should be nearly calm at Syncline.

Gorge weather for the next few days looks mellow: Cold weather this morning gives way to upper 40’s and sunshine this afternoon. Tomorrow starts off cold, becoming cloudy and 40-ish midday with a chance of a few sprinkles after 10am. Sunday looks clear and chilly, with Gorge temps in the upper 30’s. Monday starts off below freezing, with high clouds. The temp will rise to 40 or so Monday afternoon. In other words, it’s going to be a great stretch of cycling weather!

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On Mt. Hood, mellow weather continues. Today will be sunny. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be around 9000′. Wind will be light and variable in the morning, rising to SW 10-20 in the afternoon.

Saturday starts of clear, quickly becoming cloudy. The snow level will be at 7000′ early, plummeting to 2000′ by 10am and 1000′ by 4pm. Light snow will fall on Mt. Hood starting around 10am. Approximately .1-.3” water value (WV) falls by 4pm, for 1-3” (likely the lower end of that) of new snow. Another .1” WV or less falls overnight, for another inch, max. We should get just enough snow out of this system to make groomed runs really nice on Sunday. Wind Saturday will be SW 20-25 early, WSW 30-35 by 10am and W 30-35 in the afternoon and evening.

Sunday looks partly cloudy, with orographic snow flurries keeping the weather interesting. The snow level will be 500′, but there won’t be any significant accumulation. Wind Sunday will be NW 25-30 early, NW 20 mid-morning and NW 15 in the afternoon.

Monday starts cold with high clouds. The FAF will be at the surface, rising to 500′ in the afternoon. Snow flurries start late in the evening, with no significant accumulation overnight. Wind will be SW 15 all day.

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday bring sub-freezing weather to Mt. Hood with snow accumulations in the 1-3” range each day.

Have an awesome day today!