Mountain Weather Forecast
Apparently if I say it’s going to snow and stay nice, like I did yesterday, it will rain. Today I’ll predict some rain instead and see if it stays nice.
The mostly clear skies we had this morning are going to give way quickly to cloudy skies and some light rain. We’ll see light rain sprinkles between 11am and 7pm with the snow level at 6000’, rising to 7000’ by 4pm and falling to 5000’ by 7pm, rapidly falling to 3000’ by Monday morning. Winds today will be NW 25-35, rising to W 35-45 around 4pm, rising further to W 45-55 by midnight. Total precip during the day will be around .1”-.2”. We’ll see another .5” or so after the snow level falls tonight, for 4-6” of new snow by 7am.
Light snow continues Monday morning, with the snow level at 3000’ by 4am, falling to 2000’ by 4am. Winds tomorrow will be quite strong, out of the WNW at 45-50 slowly dropping to NW 40mph by 4pm. Total water value between 4am Monday and 4am Tuesday will be .75-1” for 8-12” of new snow. =) =) =) If you’re headed to the mountain, dress for wind and cold.
Light snow flurries continue Tuesday morning before the sky becomes clear. Total accumulation will be around 1” on Tuesday. Winds will be light and variable, with temperatures in the low twenties on the slopes. Wednesday looks dry and cold.
If long term models hold, we’re headed back into normal winter next weekend, with significant snowfall. =) =) =)
Gorge Wind Forecast
Increasing westerlies today pick up into the 18-22 range late this afternoon, building into the 30+ range from Stevenson to the Idaho border overnight. If you want it tomorrow morning, get it early, and I mean sunrise early, because the strong wind will fade quickly. By midday, winds will be in the 14-17 range in the Central Gorge and 23-26 range out east. Westerlies in the 16-20 range will hold at Roosevelt all day Monday. Tuesday looks light, and so does Wednesday.
Have a great day!
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