3/20 Nukin’ Gorge wind, Mt. Hood snow, and a not-to-be-missed show at Columbia Center for the Arts tonight!

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 March 20, 2013

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

Today is my day off, as much as I get those, and I woke up this morning after 10 hours of sleep. You know you’re overtired when you sleep 10 hours and want more!

If you need something to do tonight, it’s the Hood River County Recreation Trails committee meeting from 5-7pm at the OSU extension office, followed by National Geographic Explorer Charlie Munsey at Columbia Center for the Arts at 7:30pm. You can miss the first one if you like, but don’t miss the second!

In weather news, it’s raining, in case you hadn’t noticed! It’s going to rain in the central Gorge through noon or so, and then it’s going to get really windy: W 21-24 under the clouds and W 30-35+ east of the low clouds, probably at Maryhill and Arlington. Temps will be in the low 40’s early and low 50’s later.

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Tomorrow looks partly cloudy in the Gorge with temps in the low- to mid-thirties early and upper 40’s later. Wind will be 15-18 in the morning and 26-30 in the afternoon from Mosier to Arlington. Parkdale and Odell could see snow tomorrow.

Watch out for frost in your garden on Friday, especially if you’re above the Heights. Temps will be in the low 30’s early and upper 40’s in the afternoon under mostly clear sky. Wind will be W 23-26 from Hood River to The Dalles.

You’ll definitely see frost Saturday morning, even down to river level, so protect your garden! However, it will be clear and sunny and cold, with light west wind.

Up on Mt. Hood this morning, it’s a mix of rain and snow. The snow level will be 6500′ this mroning, 4000′ at 11am, 2000′ at 2pm and 1500′ at 5pm. We’ll see a switch to snow around 11am. Total water value (WV) will be 1” by 5pm, for 6-8” of new snow down low and more up high. Another .5-.7” WV falls overnight, for 5-8” of new snow. Wind today will be SW 50 early, WSW 45-50 at 11am, switching to W 45-50 at 5pm. There have already been lightning strikes west of Mt. Hood this morning, so keep your eyes open.

Tomorrow starts off snowy. The snow level will be at 500′ early and 1500′ in the afternoon. We’ll get .4” WV by 5pm, for 4-5” of new, followed by another .4” WV overnight, for another 4-5” of new. Wind on Thursday will be W 45 early, dropping to W 30 around 11am.

Friday looks mostly clear on Mt. Hood with a few orographic flurries possible. No significant accumulation. Snow level 500′ early, 1000′ late. Wind NW 25-30. Saturday looks clear, cold and sunny, with the freezing level at the surface and NW wind at 10-15.

Have an awesome day today!