2/24 Mt. Hood snow and Gorge wind forecast

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 February 24, 2013


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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

Wow! Yesterday was so fun on the mountain, despite the nuclear force winds slowing lifts to a crawl. I’d forgotten how much fun it was to go powder skiing. Hooray for fresh tracks! Speaking of nuclear force wind, the Gorge is going to see a great windsurfing/kiting day tomorrow…

Central Gorge weather for the next few days should remain above freezing. Temps will be in the low 40’s today with low clouds early becoming partly cloudy later. Wind will be west 15-18. Tomorrow sees temps in the upper 30’s early rising to the mid-40’s in the afternoon. Nuclear force west winds build in behind a passing cold front, as high pressure rebuilds off the coast. This is the setup that gives us the strongest, steadiest eastern Gorge wind, so if you can hit Arlington, Threemile or Maryhill tomorrow midday, you’re going to be stoked (and freezing). Tuesday looks partly cloudy in the Gorge with light wind. Temps will be near freezing in the morning and in the mid-40’s in the afternoon.

Up on Mt. Hood, today looks partly cloudy. The free air freezing level will be 1000′ early, 2000′ in the afternoon, and will briefly rise to 4000′ tonight. Snow starts falling around 10pm, for .4-.6” water value (WV) by 4am Monday, for 4-6” of new snow. Wind will be light this morning, slowly building to west 15-20 in the afternoon and WSW 30-40 overnight.

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Monday looks like a nice storm skiing day (if that’s an oxymoron in your world, don’t go to the mountain Monday). The snow level will be 1000′. Approximately .4-.5” WV falls by 4pm, for 5-6” of new snow. Wind will be W 45-50 early, WNW 40 at 10am and WNW 35 at 4pm.

Tuesday starts with high clouds or partly cloudy sky. The freezing level will be 1000′ and the wind will be NW 15-20 in the morning, becoming light and variable in the afternoon.

Wednesday looks partly cloudy with the freezing level at 2000′ and flurries starting late in the afternoon. The wind will be W 15-20.

For Thursday-Sunday, the weather looks warm on Mt. Hood, with little to no precipitation.

Have an awesome day today!