2/26 Mt. Hood snow, Gorge weather, and a couple of events.

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 February 26, 2013

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

Just a couple of reminders, first thing today: On Thursday, in Portland, Friends of NWAC has a fundraiser for the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center. 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.

Gorge weather for the next week contains a chance of biking but a complete lack of wind sports. Yesterday was your chance for Columbia River windsport hypothermia. If you missed it, well, you missed it. Temps today will be in the upper 30’s early, rising to the upper 40’s this afternoon under high clouds. Tomorrow looks mostly cloudy with temps in the low 30’s early, rising to the upper 40’s in the afternoon. Thursday looks rainy in the Gorge with temps in the low to mid-forties all day. Friday looks awesome. Clouds in the morning, clear sky in the afternoon with temps in the mid-40’s early and mid-50’s in the afternoon.

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On Mt. Hood, today will be partly to mostly cloudy with high overcast sky and no precip. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be 500-1000′ early, 1500′ midday and 2500′ in the evening. Wind will be NNW 20 early, W 10-15 midday and SW 20 in the evening.

Wednesday looks partly cloudy, with a chance of flurries midday. No snow accumulation. The FAF will be 1500′ early and 2500′ after 4pm. Wind will be W 25-30 early, 15-20 midday and SW 20 in the afternoon and evening.

Thursday starts off with heavy snowfall, but rising temps during the day will likely bring a switch to rain (I know, last time I said this, it didn’t switch, but I’m sticking with the pessimistic view). So, the snow level will be 3000′ early, 5500′ by 10am, 6500′ at 1pm and will slowly rise to 8000′ overnight. The first round of precip, between 4am and 10am, will fall as snow, for a couple of inches. After that, it’s likely going to be rain, with .6-1.0” water value (WV) by 4pm. We’ll see another .2-.3” WV overnight, and that’s definitely going to fall as rain. Wind on Thursday will be WSW 25-30 early, W 30 at 10am and W 30-40 in the afternoon.

Friday looks cloudy on Mt. Hood in the morning, becoming clear in the afternoon, with the FAF at 8000′ and SW wind at 20mph. No precip. At this point, it looks like Saturday will start off warm and cloudy, with temps dropping and snow starting in the afternoon, with significant snowfall overnight into Sunday.

Have an awesome day today!