2/17 Mt. Hood snow forecast (finally, some positive news) and Gorge weather

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 February 17, 2013


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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

It’s another clear and sunny day on the mountain today, but at least there are a couple inches of new snow this morning to freshen up the groom. And with wind blasting the slopes last night to the tune of 30-40mph, there should be some nice wind deposits off the groom too.

In biking news, canopyless Post Canyon took a beating in yesterday’s rain, going from tacky dirt to muddy mess in about 5 seconds. So, leave Post alone today, although, for future reference, it is snow-free to the top of Extended Play. Syncline and Hospital, more exposed to the drying forces of the west wind, should be good today. Whoopdee got some love yesterday, as 12 trail fairies worked on the new climb out. It’s not done, but it will be. If you’d like to help, shoot an email to admin@hrats.org, and we’ll get you on the trail building distribution list.

In Gorge weather, today will be partly cloudy with temps in the low to mid forties and west wind at 24-28 early, dropping to 21-24 in the afternoon. Tomorrow starts off sub-freezing in the Gorge, rising to the upper thirties under cloudy skies with east wind at 15-18. Tuesday brings light wind and 40’s to the Gorge under partly cloudy to sunny sky. Wednesday looks clear and cold in the Gorge. After that, put your bicycles away, because we’re going to get rained on!

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In other news, I feel much better today, thank you. This cold is nasty. Don’t catch it.

In Mt. Hood news, the extended forecast contains some fine news, but you’ll have to read through the next four boring days to get that news. I know what you’re thinking. Don’t you dare skip to the end. You do that when you read novels, don’t you. Don’t ruin the suspense!!!

Today on Mt. Hood looks clear, with the free air freezing level at 500-1000′. We’ll see high clouds move in during the late afternoon. Wind will be NW 15-20 early, dropping to NW 10 by 4pm and going to W 10 overnight.

Monday starts off partly cloudy, quickly becoming cloudy with a few flurries falling. Heavier snow starts around 4pm. The snow level will be at the surface early, rising to 500-1000′ by 10am and holding for the rest of the day. Between 4pm and 4am, .1-.2” water value (WV) falls, for 1-2” of new snow. Wind on Monday will be SW 10-15 early, rising to SW 20 at 10am and holding the rest of the day.

Tuesday starts off cloudy with flurries. The snow level will be at 1000′ early, rising to 1500′ in the afternoon. We’ll get .1-.2” WV during the day, for 1-2” of new snow. Another .1-.2” falls overnight, for another inch or two. Wind Tuesday will be SW 15-20 early and 10-15 and variable for the rest of the day.

Wednesday looks clear and cold with the free air freezing level at 500-1000′ and NW wind at 20mph.

In the extended forecast: Heavier snow starts falling Thursday afternoon, and continues through Saturday, at least, with the heaviest snowfall Friday afternoon into evening. Crossing my fingers that this extended forecast doesn’t change, because it’s the storm we’ve all been waiting for!

Have an awesome day today!