3/19 Mt. Hood Forecast

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 March 19, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

First off, thank you to the 56 people who showed up for the Post Canyon work party yesterday. Trail cleaned (but still not log-free): Charlie’s, The Boot, lower 8-Track, parts of 140, Toilet Bowl, Extended Play, Drop Out, and Bad Motor Scooter. Next work party is March 31st. If you need information, head to HRATS.org.

Second, tonight is the cable park meeting at Hood River City Hall at 5pm.

It looks like we have another snowy week penciled in for Mt. Hood. Today brings snow flurries on Mt. Hood and down to the valley floor, with .1-.2” water value for 1-3” of new snow on Hood and a trace elsewhere. The snow level will be at the surface in the morning, rising to 500′ around noon. Steadier snow starts falling this evening, becoming very heavy after midnight. Wind today will be NW 25-30 early, going to SW 15-25 by 8am and SW 25-30 by 2pm.

Tuesday morning brings dumping snowfall. The snow level will be 3000′ early, rising to 5500′ by 5am and falling to 5000′ by 8am, and back to 2000′ by 11am. Are we going to see rain? Well… this is another of those tricky systems, where a small difference in the storm track can make a big difference in the precipitation type. If we see a brief shot of rain, it’ll be between 5am and 10am. Anyway, that said, we’ll have .9” WV between 11pm Monday and 5am Tuesday. Then we’ll see another .5-.6” WV by 5pm. So, 8-10” of new by Tuesday morning, followed by 3-4” of heavy snow, becoming lighter, during the day Tuesday. Wind on Tuesday will be SW 45-50 early, 50-55 at 5am, 55-60 for the rest of the day, dropping to 40-45 in the evening.

The snow level Wednesday morning will be 500′, rising to 4000′ by 2pm, 5000′ by 5pm and 6000′ by 8pm. Another .8” or so WV arrives Tuesday evening into Wednesday, We’ll then see another 1-1.2” WV during the day Wednesday. That means we should have 8-12” of new on Wednesday morning, followed by 10-14” of new during the day, with fluffy snow in the morning and heavier snow in the afternoon. Wind on Wednesday will be SW 20-30 early, rising to 30-40 by 2pm and 40-50 by 8pm. Is it going to rain? Yes, probably it will rain between 5pm Wednesday and 2am Thursday. Or at least it will be a mix of rain and snow.

The snow level will be back to 3000′ by Thursday morning, dropping to less than 1000′ by 8am. Wind Thursday will be SW 30-40, slowly decreasing to 15-20 by 5pm. We’ll have .8” WV Wednesday night into Thursday for 3-5” of new on the ground, followed by another .3-.4” during the day for 3-5” more. Skies will clear in the evening.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday look sunny and precip-free.

Have an awesome day.


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