3/2 Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

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 March 2, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning!

I don’t think I can say enough good things about the skiing yesterday at Meadows. It’s not often you have waist-deep blower powder on Mt. Hood. I’d like to say a public thanks to Ski Patrol for all the trudging through snow they did yesterday for bombing and rope lines, and I’d like to say thanks to the lifties and lift maintenance for all the shoveling.

Get the good snow today, because that light powder is about to become a layer in the snowpack. Clouds have already moved in this morning, and temps are rising. The freezing level, at 1000′ this morning, will rise to 5500′ by 1pm and 6500′ by 7pm. We’ll see precip start by 4pm, possibly several hours earlier. Wind today will be NW 30-40 early, swinging to W 25-30 around 4pm and NW 35-40 by 7pm. The precip type is still a pretty tough call, but the latest models are showing a decrease in predicted upper-atmosphere temps. At this point, I’m going to call rain at Skibowl and a mix of wet snow and sleet at Meadows and T-Line early, switching to rain for a bit in the evening and back to a mix by Saturday morning. We’ll get ~.6” water value (WV) by Saturday morning, for a couple inches of wet snow down low a few more higher up. Hopefully. I’d really rather not see freezing rain.

The snow level will be 6000′ Saturday morning, rising to 8000′ by 4pm. Wind will be WNW 30-40 early, dropping to W 25-30 by 10am, 20-25 by 4pm and swinging to SW 15-20 by 10pm. We’ll see .3-.4” WV 4am-4pm, with a mix of rain and wet snow. We’ll then see .1-.2” rain 4pm Saturday through 4am Sunday.

Sunday looks warm and dry, with high clouds or mostly clear sky and the freezing level between 8000-9000′. Wind will be SW 15-20.

Monday starts off cloudy, with the freezing level around 9000′. The freezing level will drop to 1000′ by 10am and rebound to 2500′ in the evening. Models show SW wind at 30-50, but such a dramatic drop in the freezing level is more likely to give us 40-60. We’ll have to wait and see. That said, precip starts mid-morning or early afternoon, with .5-1.0”+ WV by Tuesday morning. Models for Tuesday currently show a very cold pool of air (-30C) swinging over Mt. Hood midday. If this really happens, we could see thunderstorms.

The rest of next week looks cold and snowy.

Have a great day today!


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