3/3 Mt. Hood snow, Gorge wind and events

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 March 3, 2013

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

I have to say that I’m disappointed in the snowfall total from last night: 1”. 1”?!?!?! That’s nothing! But something interesting did happen last night: the temp went from 44 degrees at 5500′ to 24 degrees, with nuking wind. When I saw the temp drop in the forecast and saw models predicting just 30-40mph of wind, I thought something might be amiss. Indeed, something was amiss: the wind ended up at 40-60 instead. Noted for future forecast.

Today looks clear on Mt. Hood. The freezing level will be around 1000′. Wind will be NW 25-35 early, 20-25 midday and N 20-30 in the afternoon. No precip.

Monday looks clear on Mt. Hood with clouds moving in late. The freezing level will be 500′ early, 1500′ in the afternoon and 5500′ overnight. Wind will be E 10 early, light and variable midday, and SW 20-30 in the evening and overnight. No precip.

Tuesday starts off cloudy, with snow flurries during the day. The snow level will be 3500′ early, falling to 2500′ in the afternoon. Total precip will be .1-.2” water value for a couple inches of new, at best. Flurries continue into Wednesday morning, for less than 1” of new. Wind on Tuesday will be SW 30 in the morning, 20-25 mid-morning and SW 15 in the afternoon and evening.

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Wednesday contains a lot of model inconsistency, but it does look like we’ll see some snowfall. I can’t really give a solid forecast yet. Same goes for Thursday. After that, it looks like we’ll dry out again.

In the Gorge, we’ll see partly cloudy sky today with west wind at 24-28 east of the low clouds and 15-18 under the clouds. Temps will be near 40 degress this morning, rising to the upper 40’s this afternoon. Monday looks clear and cold to start (although strong east wind indicates we may see inversion clouds). Temps will be just below freezing early, rising to the mid-40’s in the afternoon. Wind on Monday will be E 30+. Tuesday looks cloudy in the Gorge, with a few scattered sprinkles. It’s possible, although unlikely that we’ll see some flurries or freezing rain, but I doubt that will happen. Temps Tuesday will be in the low 30’s early and upper 40’s in the afternoon. Wind will be light E all day.

In other news, there are two trail work parties today: WTA at Syncline at 8:30am, continuing all day. Spaghetti Factory in Post Canyon, from 9am-noon, meeting at Post Flats staging area. On the radar for next weekend: another work party on Syncline on the 9th (email Kay Kucera – kk@gorge.net – if you’re interested). Also, Nathan Herbeck’s slideshow, talk and film, ‘Bhutan, the last Shangri-la’ at 7:30pm at Columbia Center for the Arts. Tickets are on sale now.

Have an awesome day today!