2/27 Mt. Hood mixed precip (maybe), Gorge wind, and a beautiful day coming up at the end of the week!

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 February 27, 2013

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

Gorge weather for the next few days contains one stellar day, so if you can skip out early Friday, do it! Today will be in the mid-thirties in the morning, rising to the upper 40’s in the afternoon with light wind and mostly cloudy sky. Tomorrow looks rainy, with temps in the low to mid-40’s with east wind at 20-24. Friday looks downright awesome. Partly cloudy sky, temps in the mid-40’s early and low 50’s (yes!!!) in the afternoon. Light wind. Saturday looks cloudy with light wind and temps in the low forties early, touching 50 in the afternoon. Sunday looks like a nuker of a west wind day.

On Mt. Hood, today starts off with orographic snow flurries for no accumulation, becoming clear midday with snow starting again around 10pm. The snow level will be 1500′ early, 2000′ midday and 3500′ overnight. We’ll see .3-.4” water value (WV) overnight, for 3-4” of new by 4am Thursday. Wind today will be W 25-30 early, W 15-20 midday and SW 20 in the evening.

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Tomorrow, Thursday, looks interesting and difficult to forecast. The snow level will be 4000′ early, 5500′ at 10am, 6000′ at 4pm and 7000′ overnight. This is warm air coming in over colder air, and it’s a tough call as to when we’ll see the snow switch to rain. The bulk of the precip, .7-.8” WV, comes in before 4pm, so let’s call this 2-3” of heavy, wet snow at 5000′, with more snow higher up. The snow will switch to rain sometime between 1pm and 4pm, meaning the morning ski session could be plenty of fun. After 4pm, just .1” WV falls, as sprinkles. Wind tomorrow will be SW 20 early, W 30 at 1pm, WNW 30 at 4pm and W 25 at 10pm.

Friday looks partly cloudy in the morning, clear midday with high clouds moving in late afternoon. The freezing level will be 9000′ early and 10,000′ in the afternoon. Wind will be W 20 early and SW 15 from mid-morning on.

Saturday starts off with high clouds. The freezing level will be 10,000′ early, dropping to 6000′ by 4pm and 4500′ by 7pm. Snow flurries move in sometime in the evening, but significant snow accumulation holds off until Sunday morning. Wind Saturday will be moderate SW. Sunday looks quite windy and very snowy, with up to 1” of water value.

Your events reminders: On Thursday, in Portland, 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. There’s also a competing work party at Spaghetti Factory in Post Canyon on Sunday.

Have an awesome day today!