3/31 Mt. Hood snow forecast and Gorge wind alert.

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 March 31, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

Winter in spring continues as far out as the forecast does, with one possible break in the weather on Monday. With 15’ of new snow at Meadows in the month of March, it truly was a spectacular 30 days of snowfall.

For today, we’ll see the snow level at 5000’ this morning, rising briefly to 5500-6000’ during the afternoon, before falling to 3000’ late this evening. Wind today will be SW 30-35, falling to 20-25 in the afternoon and increasing just a bit in the evening. The moisture train is currently west and north of Mt. Hood, but models say it will slip back into the mountain’s vicinity around 8am, for more snow. We’ll see .3” water value by 4pm, for 1-3” of heavy new snow down low.

Snow levels crash going into Sunday morning, and with around .5” WV overnight, we should get 5-6” of new snow. Then we’ll see flurries all day for .1-.2” WV or 1-3” of new snow. The snow level will be less than 1000’ by 5am Sunday, only rising to 1500’ in the evening. Sadly, the wind is going to be a pain in the butt in the morning: WNW 45-50 early, dropping to 40-45 at 8am, 35-40 at 11am, and becoming a more reasonable W 30-40 by 2pm and a quite reasonable WSW 30-35 in the evening.

We’ll see flurries Sunday night into Monday morning, for .1-.3” WV and 2-3” of snow. By 8am, skies will be partly cloudy with sunbreaks, and that will hold for much of the day before high clouds move in around 2pm. The freezing level will be 2000’ at 5am, 4000’ at 8am, rising to 5000’ at 11am and 6500’ at 2pm. Wind on Monday will be SW 25-30 early, rising to 30-35 by 8am and 40-45 by 11am.

Tuesday morning sees the snow level at 5500-6000’ with SW wind at 45-50. That will hold for much of the day, until the cold front swings through in the evening. With .5” WV during the day, we’ll be crossing our fingers for snow, not rain. After Tuesday, we’ll see snow levels fall back to 2000-3000’ for the extended period, with .25-.5” WV each day.

In the wind forecast, the only thing of note is very, very strong westerlies east of Hood River on Sunday morning. 40+ is not out of the question for the 5am-10am period, followed by lesser west wind fading during the day.

In events, Hood River Appreciation Days at Meadows has been postponed to April 15th, due to a questionable weather forecast. Today is still the HRATS work party in Post Canyon. Meet at 10 Speed on 13th and State by 9am. Free food, coffee and beer for workers. Also today, the Dummy Downhill at Skibowl.

Have a great day today!


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