2/18 Mt. Hood snow forecast and Gorge wind alert

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 February 18, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning!

Amazing how much difference 24 hours can make in the weather models’ predictions. Yesterday I was saying the high wind would hit Saturday evening into Sunday morning. Now it’s going to hit today midday, and hit hard. We’ll see snow all day long, for about 1” water value (WV) between this morning and midnight with the snow level at 1000’ or less. That should give us 12-14” of new snow. Wind will be WSW 40-45 early, swinging to W 50 by 10am and a devastating WNW 50 by 1pm, dropping to WNW 40-45 around 7pm.

Tomorrow starts off with flurries, for .1-.3” WV between midnight and 8am, for 2-3” of new snow, with clearing after that (and maybe a few orographic flurries). The snow level will be less than 500’ early, rising to 1000’ by 1pm and 2000’ by 10pm. Wind will be NW 20-30 at 7am, dropping to W 5-10 by 1pm and going to SW 10-15 by 4pm and SW 15-20 by 10pm.

Monday starts off with snow flurries, becoming heavy between 4am and 10am with low clouds, fog, and flurries after that. The snow level will be at the surface Monday morning, rising to 3500’ in the afternoon. However, a fairly stable temperature profile will make the snow wetter than expected with the low snow levels. We’ll get .6” WV for 5-6” of new snow by 4pm, with another .1-.2” WV overnight, which will probably fall as snow, but may fall as rain. Wind on Monday will be SW 25-30 early, going to W 10-20 by 1pm.

Tuesday sees the snow level at 8000’ with light rain, as the bulk of the system heads north of us. As the front passes in the late afternoon or early evening, the snow level falls to 1000’ with very, very windy conditions. Total precip values depend on the eventual track of the storm, so we’re going to wait and see.

For you windsurfers and kiters who like 38 degree water, there will be very strong wind in the eastern Gorge both this afternoon and Wednesday afternoon.

Have a great day today!


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