3/12 Forecast

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 March 12, 2011

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Good morning!

Another late forecast… sorry. That’s what you get for free. =)

I’m tired this morning, and that’s making the image on the radar irritating. A downpour over the coast range is headed NE instead of straight east at Mt. Hood. Everybody needs to think eastward thoughts and send that yellow and orange blob this way.

If that blob hits Hood, we’ll see some snowfall during the day today. The snow level will be at 4000’ early, falling to 1500’ by 1pm and then rising to 3500’ by 4pm. When the precip moves over the mountain, we’ll see light to moderate snow until mid-afternoon, becoming heavy between 5pm and 11pm. Total precip, according to the models, will be .5-.75” for 6-8” of new, mostly falling in the evening. Winds will be SW 15-20 early, rising to SW 20-30 mid afternoon and holding overnight.

Winds swing more to the south tomorrow morning bringing the snow level up to 5000-6000’ depending on which model you favor. The snow level will rise to 6500’ by 10am or so, holding through 4-5pm before falling back to 3500’ around 11pm. Total precip tomorrow will be 1.5-2” of water value, likely with some rain mixed in, making total snowfall hard to predict. I’ll go with a guess of 3-5” of wet snow down low with 12-15” up high. Winds will be SSW 20-25 early, rising to S 40-45 by 10am, rising to S 40-60 by 4pm and swinging to WSW 45-55 by 11pm. Wind direction should protect lifts tomorrow.

Monday brings snow and wind. The snow level will be 3500’ all day with light to moderate snowfall all day for .5-.75” water value and 6-8” of new. It’s going to be stormy, with SW wind at 40-50 going to WSW 40-40 early afternoon.

Tuesday looks borderline warm, with 1.5-2” of water value, the snow level around 5500’ and S wind at 30-40. Temps drop Wednesday and Thursday with snow on Wednesday and potential clearing on Thursday.

Have a great day today!


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