3/16 Mt. Hood Forecast

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 March 16, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

It’s Friday, TGIF, and that means it’s time for more snow on Mt. Hood. The snow level will be around 1500-2000′ this morning, rising to 3000′ by 2pm and 4000′ by 8pm. Wind today will be SW 30-35 early, dropping to 15-20 by 2pm. As a big low pressure system approaches the coast, the wind will turn to S/SW 20-30, then swing E/SE 25-30 late in the evening. We’ll have snow flurries this morning for .1-.2” WV and 1-3” of snow, followed by a break midday, when we’ll see partly cloudy to high overcast sky. Snow starts again by 11pm.

We’ll have .3-.4” WV overnight, for 3-4” of snow by 4am Saturday, with another .4-.5” by 4pm for 5-7” of new snow during the day. The snow level on Saturday will be 1000′ early, rising to 2000′ mid-morning and falling back to 1000′ by early afternoon. Wind will be S/SE/E 20-25 early, going to SW 25-30 by 5am and 20-25 by 8am. As this low pressure system clears the area and high pressure builds at the coast, we’ll see the wind swing to the west at 35-40 by 11am, 20-25 by 2pm and WNW 30-35 by 5pm. Light snow flurries continue overnight.

Sunday morning starts off with 1” or less of new snow and clear skies or high overcast skies, becoming cloudy, with light snow flurries in the afternoon. The snow level will be less than 500′ at 5am, rising to 1000′ by 2pm. Wind will be W 5-10, picking up to 10-15 in the afternoon.

Monday starts off with light snow flurries, both on Mt. Hood and all the way down to the Columbia River, with the snow level at the surface early, rising to 500′ in the afternoon. Mt. Hood wind will be SW 15-25 all day. Total precip will be .2-.3” WV during the day, for 2-4” of new snow.

Tuesday looks marginal, at least in the Oregon Cascades, but I’m thinking of heading up north, where things might be a bit colder…

Your Gorge wind situation will be easterly today and westerly tomorrow, with gusty 24-28+ in the eastern Gorge tomorrow all day long.

Coming up this weekend, Meadows hosts the NW Demo Tour, with free ski and snowboard demos on Sunday. Hood River Area Trail Stewards (a 501c3), hosts a work party at Family Man on Sunday. Also Sunday, it’s women’s ride day at Mountain View, with Specialized demos and mini clinics. Finally, don’t forget about the cable park meeting on Monday, 5:30, at Hood River City Hall.


Have an awesome day.


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