2/25 Mt. Hood snow, Gorge wind and events

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 February 25, 2013


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Tomorrow’s forecast status: As of 5:26am, Tuesday. Thanks, Hood River Weather!

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

This is entertaining weather we’re having: super stormy days alternating with calm and sunny days. Today is the stormy half of that equation. That said, a quick interlude of things to do this week: On Thursday, in Portland, Friends of NWAC has a fundraiser for NWAC (the REAL mountain weather and avalanche forecasters). Friends of NWAC has a fundraiser for NWAC (the REAL mountain weather and avalanche forecasters). Get tickets here. Coming up next weekend, there’s a WTA trail work party at Syncline both days. Sign up for the work party here.

In the Gorge today, expect rain with west wind in the eastern desert ramping up to steady 30+ between 10am and 2pm. This really is an ideal setup for Gorge wind: departing upper level low with high pressure filling in behind. If you can stand the cold, it should be epic out east! Temps will be in the low 40’s. Water temp is 41°. Tomorrow will be in the upper 30’s to low 40’s in the Gorge, with mostly cloudy sky and west wind at 15-18 fading to nothing in the afternoon. Wednesday will be in the low 40’s with light wind becoming west at 15-18 in the afternoon. Temps will be in the low 40’s. Thursday starts off cold and cloudy, with sprinkles possible in the afternoon. The temp will be near freezing in the morning, warming up into the upper 40’s in the afternoon. Wind will be light early, becoming westerly.

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On Mt. Hood, today is a full-on storm skiing day. The snow level will be around 1500′ all day. We’ll get .6-.7” water value (WV) today, for 6-8” of new snow by 4pm. Another .2” WV falls overnight, for 1-3” more. Wind today will be W 35-45 early, becoming WNW 40-45 by 7am and dropping to WNW 35-40 at 4pm.

Tomorrow starts with high clouds or partly cloudy sky. The freezing level will be 500′ in the morning and 1500′ in the afternoon. Wind will be NW 20-30 early, becoming light and variable midday and SW 20 in the afternoon. No precip.

Wednesday looks cloudy or partly cloudy with a chance of a few snow flurries in the morning. The freezing level will be 1500′. Wind will be SW 25-30 early, W 20 midday and W 15-20 in the afternoon.

Thursday is the beginning of a warming trend. The freezing level will be at 1500′ early, 2500′ by 10am and 6500′ in the afternoon. A small amount of precip accompanies this warming, perhaps .2-.3” which will likely fall as rain, starting mid-afternoon. Wind Thursday will be W 15-20 early, SW 25 midday and W 30 in the afternoon and evening.

Friday and Saturday look warm and dry, but the long-range forecast has more snow falling Sunday.

Have an awesome day today!