3/26 Mt. Hood Snow Forecast and Gorge Wind Alert

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 March 26, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

It’s hard for me to decide what’s better this time of year: sunshine or new snow? Yesterday’s forecast for some fresh new didn’t pan out, but there’s sunshine. Bluebird pow in March really isn’t a good idea anyway. The sun ruins the snow too quickly. So, today we’ll have spring skiing and sunshine, with clouds moving in this afternoon. The freezing level will be at 1000′ early, rising to 3000′ by 5pm, with plenty of solar power to make corn snow on the slopes. Wind today will be W 20-25 early, SW 25-30 by 11am and 20-25 by 5pm. Snow starts falling between 8pm and 11pm.

We’ll have .2-.3” water value (WV) by Tuesday morning, for 2-3” of new. We’ll have another .3” by 4pm, for 2-3” of new snow. The snow will be 3500′ early, 4500′ by 8am and 5000-5500′ by 11am, rising to 6000′ overnight. I think (hope?) Mt. Hood will stay snowy during the day, but we’re going to see .1-.3” rain at low elevations on Tuesday night. Wind on Tuesday will be SW 35-45 all day, swinging more southerly in the evening at 30-40.

Wednesday should be partly cloudy or cloudy with a few flurries and no significant snowfall. The freezing level will be 4500′ early, 3000′ mid-morning and 4000′ in the evening. Wind will be SW 35-40 all day.

We’ll see flurries start around 2am Thursday with heavy snowfall starting around 8am. The snow level will be 2500′ early, rising to 4500′ midday. We’ll have .5” WV for 4-6” of new snow by 4pm, followed by another .7” by Friday morning, for another 5-7” of new snow, unless it switches to rain/freezing rain, which is, sadly, a possibility. Wind on Thursday will be SW 35-40 early, rising to 40-50 midday and holding all day.

At this point, it looks like we’ll see the weather warm to unacceptable temps on Friday morning, holding through the day Friday, for the wrong kind of precipitation. However, that’s a long way out and could change, especially if you’re willing to drive a few hours north.

Your windsurfing/kiting report includes west wind today at 17-19 near Hood River, picking up to 24-28 in the eastern Gorge this afternoon. Tomorrow brings east wind. Wednesday looks light, and we’ll see west wind in the eastern Gorge on Thursday afternoon.

Looking ahead to next weekend, it’s the Dummy Downhill at Skibowl and Hood River Appreciation Days at the HRM lodge at Meadows.

Have an awesome day.


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