2/21 Mt. Hood Forecast

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 February 21, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning!

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Anyway… Wow… I think I was grumpy when I wrote yesterday’s forecast! It might have something to do with the 5 and 6 keys on my computer only working about 10% of the time. 6 I could live with, but a finicky 5 is a pain. I ordered a new computer yesterday, so maybe the forecast will be less grumpy soon.

Anyway, today looks rather… sucky… on Mt. Hood. The freezing level starts off somewhere above 6000’. Models are showing 9000’, but as of 5am, it was freezing rain at 6000’. So freezing level 6k-9k today, rising to 8k-10k this evening, with freezing rain and rain and sleet and maybe wet snow mixed in. We’ll see .7” water value (WV) by 4pm. SW wind early swings to WNW 50-60 around 7am, W 50-60 at 1pm and WNW 60+ by 7pm.

Wednesday looks fun, depending on your definition of “fun”. The freezing level, at 8k-10k at 4am, drops to 7000’ by 7am, 2000’ by 10am, 1500’ by 1pm and 1000’ by 7pm. We’ll see .6” rain/frz rn between 4pm Tuesday night into 4am Wednesday morning. Then we’ll see .5” WV 4am-7am, another .5” 7am-10am, and .3” 10am-4pm. So basically, as the freezing level drops from 9k to 2k, we’ll see 1” precip, a lot of which will fall as rain, freezing rain, or wet snow. I think we’ll end up with 4” of new at 5000’ and 12”+ at 6600’ by 4pm. New snow is nice, but accessing it will be tough. As this system passes, high pressure builds at the coast, giving us very strong wind: West 60-70 at 4am, W 50-55 7am-1pm, WNW 40-50+ at 7pm and NW 40-45+ by 10pm.

Thursday morning sees very cold air move into the east half of the PNW. The freezing level will be at the surface in the Gorge, with temps in the teens or lower on Mt. Hood. It will be cloudy with flurries in the morning, clearing by noon, for .1-.2” WV for a couple inches of snow. Wind will be NW 30-40 early, 25-35 by 10am, NNW 20-30+ by 1pm and W 10-15 by 7pm.

Friday starts off cloudy, with a strong system moving in. Models are disagreeing about snow levels, and depending on the track of this system, it may pull warm air over Mt. Hood midday, for freezing rain. It’s really hard to make that call this far out. However, we should see about 1” of WV along with moderate to strong SW wind. At this point, Saturday looks cold and snowy, with plenty of new snow on the ground for powder lovers. All the powder lovers. Unless it snows/freezing rains in Portland. Then maybe not all the powder lovers will come.

For you windsurfers and kiters, you’ll see 30+ in the eastern Gorge today with 40+ overnight tonight. On Wednesday morning, you’ll have 40+ at Doug’s and 35+ in the eastern Gorge. Thursday starts off with 17-21 in the eastern Gorge, fading as high pressure and cold air moves in.

Have a great day today!


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