3/10 forecast

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 March 10, 2011

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Good morning!

It’s snowing from 4000’ on up. It’s pouring rain below that. The temp is dropping rapidly on Mt. Hood, and that’s a good sign for good skiing later.

The snow level will keep dropping today, hitting 3000’ by 1pm and dropping further to 1500’ late in the day. Snowfall will be moderate to heavy all day, with total accumulation of 1.5-2.0” of water value for 12-14” of new by 10pm, with snowfall decreasing rapidly after that. Winds today will be SW 35-35, building to WSW 45-50 by 1pm, switching to a nasty 40-45+ by 4pm and going to an equally nasty WNW 40-50+ by 7pm.

Tomorrow looks like the polar opposite of today. We’ll see partly cloudy skies in the morning becoming clear in the afternoon. The free air freezing level will be 1500’ early going to 3500’ by 7pm. Other than a few flurries in the morning, there will be no accumulation.

Saturday starts off with the snow level at 2000’, theoretically, but another model shows 4500’ early. Snow starts falling around 4am, heavy through 10am, becoming moderate through 10pm and then drying after that. The snow that falls early will likely be heavy, rimed, maybe even graupel, with a chance of some freezing rain. Total precip will be .75-1.25”, for 7-10” of new snow. Winds will start at SW 30-40, decreasing to WSW 20-35 around 1pm.

Sunday looks a little problematic, but I have my fingers crossed. We’ll see rapid warming, with the snow level starting at 2000’ around 1am, rising to 5500-6000’ by 10am. Winds start at SW 20-25, building to WSW 40-50 by 10am, going to SW 50ish by 7pm. Total precip will be 1-1.5”+, but we’re going to have to wait a day or so for more detail to emerge from the models.

Have a great day today!


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