2/25 Mt. Hood Forecast and Gorge Wind Alert

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 February 25, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning!

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Ah, storm skiing at its finest. As a low pressure system barrels across the Canadian border today, high pressure builds off the coast, leaving the PNW in strong, cold NW flow. That gives the Cascades lots of snowfall today, with the snow level somewhere between 500′ and 1000′. Wind will be WNW 50-60 pretty much all day, finally dropping to WNW 45-50 late in the evening. We’ll see 1-2” water value (WV) by 4pm for 16-24” of new snow today. Hard to believe, but that’s what the models show!

Snowfall continues tonight, but models disagree on precip amounts, with one showing .3” and one showing 1.5” with the snow level less than 1000′, dropping to the surface late in the day Sunday. So, let’s go with a conservative 5-7” of new snow between 4pm Saturday and 4am Sunday. Then we’ll see another .2-4” WV for 3-5” more in orographic flurries on Sunday, with periods of partly cloudy skies. Wind on Sunday will be W 30-35 early, swinging to WNW 20-25 by 10am and W 10-15 by 1pm, dropping to N 5-10 late in the day.

Coming up on Monday, we’ll see a couple inches of new on the ground, but more importantly, we’ll have clear skies and light wind to start the day. It’s going to be cold, with temps in the single digits to the teens, with NE wind at 5-10, increasing during the day.

Tuesday starts off clear and cold, with the snow level less than 1000′ and heavy snow starting by 1pm. Wind will be SW 15-20 early, rising to SW 35-40 by 1pm. At this point, it looks like we’ll have a foot of snow by Wednesday morning.

Windsurfers and kiters will enjoy west wind at 30-40+ today in the Gorge, with a repeat on Wednesday.

Have a great day today!


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