3/15 Mt. Hood snow(!!!), Gorge wind(!!!) and events.

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 March 15, 2013

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

Looks like winter is going to reappear for the next week or so. Planted your tomatoes already? I told you that wasn’t an option until the snow is gone from Mt. Defiance! Speaking of gardening stuff, there’s a seed exchange at Grow Organic on Saturday from 1pm to 4pm. Also this weekend: WTA work parties at Syncline both Saturday and Sunday at 8:30am. And the Upper Wind kayak festival on Saturday.

In biking news, the dirt is good. Get it now, because there’s precip in the forecast next week, and that’ll send your mud-phobic full-suspension bike scrambling for cover in the garage. Want to protect your expensive rear suspension? Build a hardtail 29’er like my Canfield Brothers Yelli Screamy. Best. Bike. Ever.

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In forecast news, today looks sprinkly, with periods of less sprinkly, and possibly even partly cloudy weather. Temps will be right around 50 this morning, rising to the upper 50’s this afternoon. The wind will pick up to gusty west 22-25 from Stevenson to The Dalles this afternoon.

Saturday looks cloudy with a few sprinkles in the western Gorge. Expect temps in the mid 40’s early and 50ish in the afternoon. Wind will pick up to gusty 26-30+ east of Hood River, with 18-23 in the Central Gorge.

Sunday looks great for windsurfing and kiting, if you don’t mind colder weather: Clear sky, becoming cloudy late. Temps in the mid-30’s early and mid-40’s in the afternoon. Strong, steady west wind at 28-32 east of the cloud line, likely strongest at Doug’s, Maryhill and Arlington.

Up on Mt. Hood, winter returns sometime today, as temps drop and the rain/freezing rain mix turns to snow flurries. The snow level will be 6500′ early, dropping to 5000′ around 2pm. No measurable accumulation. Wind will be W 25-30 this morning, falling to W 15 in the afternoon and evening.

Saturday starts off cloudy, with flurries in the morning and heavier snowfall after noon. The snow level will be 3000′ early, dropping to 1500′ by 11am. Expect .1-.3” water value (WV) before 4pm, for 1-3” of new snow. Another .5-.8” WV falls by 4am Sunday, for 5-8” of new snow. Wind will be SW 20 early, 30 midday and W 30 in the evening.

Sunday starts off clear, with a few orographic flurries. Clouds move in late afternoon. The snow level will be 500-1000′ all day. We’ll get up to .2” WV during the day, for less than 2” of new. Wind will be WNW 35-40 early, becoming NW 30-35 mid-morning and NW 20-25 in the evening.

Monday looks clear or partly cloudy, with the freezing level at 1500′ and light to moderate wind with no snowfall. More snow arrives Tuesday through the extended forecast.

Have an awesome day today!