3/15 Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

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 March 15, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

Seems like Mt. Hood is sneaking by on the snow side of this storm system. There was a bit of mixed precip last night, but nothing horrid, and nothing to destroy the snow. We’ll see lots of precip today, and with the snow level already down to 5250′ and forecast to drop slowly to 4000′ by 4pm, I’ll stick with a forecast of snow. ***Update at 6:30am : Just as I posted this, it switched from snow to a mix of snow and rain at the Meadows base area. So fine. We’ll see a mix of snow and rain today, becoming all snow by noon. Damn you, Mother Nature. *** We’ll see SW wind today, at 45-60 early, backing off the 40-45 by 10am and dropping a bit more tonight into the 30-35 range. Moisture values are pretty impressive today: 1-1.5” by 4pm. With temps hovering around freezing, that’ll give us 6-8” down low and 8-12”+ up high. The snow level will drop to 1500′ by Friday morning.

We’ll get another .5-.7” WV by 4am Friday for 6-8” of new snow. The snow level will be at 1500′ early, rising to 2500′ midday. We’ll have snow flurries early, with .1-.2” WV for 2-3” of new, followed by either high clouds or clear sky by 2pm, possibly earlier. Wind will be SW 40-45 early, 30-35 at 2pm and 10-15 in the afternoon.

A big storm swings right over Mt. Hood Friday night into Saturday morning. The snow level will be 500′ overnight (sorry Columbia Gorge and Hood River Valley, but you’re getting more snow), rising to 1500′ by 5am and holding all day. We’ll see snowfall start around midnight, for .1-.3” WV by 4am, for 2-3” of new, followed by .3-.5” WV by 4pm, for 4-6” of new, after which skies will clear. Wind on Saturday will be S 30-35+ early, becoming SSW 30-40 by 5am, WSW 25-30 by 11am, WNW 35-40 by 2pm and NW 30-35+ by 5pm, and holding through the evening.

Sunday looks clear, becoming cloudy in the afternoon, with the freezing level at 1500′ or so and WNW wind at 15-25mph.

More snow arrives sometime Monday. I like spring.

Coming up Sunday, the HRATS host a work party in Post Canyon to start repairing storm and salvage logging damage. 9am-1pm. Meet at Family Man. Also on Sunday, it’s Specialized women’s ride day at Mountain View Cycles. Work party first, people. You want your trails back! Sunday, by the way, is also the NW Demo Tour at Meadows, so if you’ve been wanting to demo some new gear for free, this is your chance.

Have an awesome day.


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