3/27 Mt. Hood snow and Gorge wind forecast

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 March 27, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

So much for spring. It’s snowing on Mt. Hood again. And it was so damned nice in the valley yesterday, with 50+ degrees and t-shirt mountain biking and gardening weather. Now it’s raining down here. At this rate, my peas might never get planted!

Anyway, enough bitching. Today looks snowy on Mt. Hood, with a chance of rain in the evening. The snow level this morning will rise to 5500′ by 8am, then rise to 6000′ this evening and drop back to 5500′ late tonight. We’ll see .5” water value by 5pm for 2-4” of additional new snow. Wind will be SW 30-35 all day and all night. We’ll then get another .2-.3 WV overnight, for another 2-3” of new snow.

By Wednesday morning, the snow level will be back down to 3000′, falling to 2500′ midday and holding through Thursday morning, although partly cloudy skies and March sun will probably bring the freezing level higher than models show. Wind Wednesday will be SW 30-40 all day. We’ll see flurries early, followed by clear/partly cloudy skies mid-morning through 5pm or so, when high clouds start rolling in. Snow starts falling between 8pm and 11pm. No significant precip in the 4am-midnight time period.

Thursday looks snowy. The snow level will be 2500′ early, rising to 3500′ in the afternoon. Wind will be SW 40-50 early, dropping to 30-35 in the afternoon. We’ll see heavy snow all day, with .6-.8”+ WV for 6-8” of new snow. Heavy precip continues overnight, probably switching from snow to freezing rain around 2am.

Even if it’s still snowing early Friday, it won’t be for long. The freezing level Friday morning will be 4500′ at 5am, rising to 6000′ by 8am, and 7000′ by 11am, falling back to 4000′ by 8pm. We’ll see very heavy precipitation Friday, with .6” WV Thursday night into Friday (for a few inches of new), followed by 1-2” WV of rain by 5pm. The wet precip will be joined by strong wind: SW 25-30 early rising to 40-50 by 8am, 50-55 by 2pm, and swinging more west and dropping to 35-40 around 8pm. Blech.

Things should be all good by Saturday morning, as we get 1” WV Friday night into Saturday, most of which will fall as snow, for 7-9” of new. More snow falls during the day Saturday with SW wind at 40ish, swinging to a troublesome NW 40ish in the evening. Sunday looks partly cloudy with flurries.

This weather setup isn’t ideal for wind. We’ll see east wind this morning as a low pressure system swings up the coast. Basically, we’ll see the wind switching back and forth between east and west as low pressure systems crawl up the coast and fronts swing over the Cascades.

In events, Saturday is Hood River Appreciation Day at Meadows. It’s also the Dummy Downhill at Skibowl.

Have an awesome day.


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