3/4 Mt. Hood snow, Gorge wind and weather, and local events

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 March 4, 2013

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

First off this morning, a very important request: My friend and coworker, Pierce Hodges, the Mt. Hood Meadows videographer, created this music video for a contest. He’s trying to win $5000, along with a big addition to his resume. I think he did a stellar, professional job, and am hoping you’ll think the same. Please click through and give him a thumbs up. If you think he did a great job, please share the link via your social media connections and help him win. Thank you!

It’s yet another sunny day on Mt. Hood. That’s better than a cloudy day. If we can’t have new snow, at least we can have sunshine! But a change is coming, and there’s snow in the forecast! There might even be some snow in the forecast for Parkdale…

In the Gorge today, we’ve lucked out: no inversion layer. It’s clear and cold, with the temp at my house at 28 degrees. We’ll see east wind increasing to 26-30 today, but even so, we should retain the clear sky, and temps should warm into the upper 40’s. If you’re going mountain biking today, watch out for freeze-thaw mud – avoid trails exposed to the open sky.

Tomorrow starts off cloudy in the Gorge, with a few snow flurries possible in the upper valley before temps warm. River elevation will be in the mid-30’s early, rising to the mid-40’s in the afternoon with light rain showers throughout the day. Wind will be E 21-24.

Gorge weather on Wednesday brings a few rain showers in the morning, tapering off after 1pm. Temps will be in the low 40’s early and upper 40’s in the afternoon. Wind will be light in the morning, becoming W 21-24 in the afternoon.

Up on Mt. Hood, today looks clear and cold. The freezing level will be at the surface early, rising to 1500′ by 1pm and 3000′ by 7pm. Wind will be light and variable early, picking up to SW 20-25 by early afternoon.

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Snow starts falling early tomorrow morning, by 7am at the latest. The snow level will be around 4000′ all day. We’ll get .3-.4” water value (WV) by 4pm, for 3-4” of new, followed by another .1-.2” overnight for less than 2” more. Wind will be SSW 25 early, becoming SW 20 overnight.

Wednesday sees light snow in the morning, becoming partly cloudy with flurries midday. The snow level will be 2500′ early, dropping to 1500′ midday. We’ll see .2-.3” WV by 4pm, for 2-3” of new, followed by flurries overnight with no accumulation. Wind will be SW 30 early, going to W 20-30 mid-morning and holding for the rest of the day.

Thursday through the beginning of next week looks dry and mostly cool on Mt. Hood, with periods of clouds alternating with sunshine.

In next-weekend-news: there’s a another work party on Syncline on the 9th (email Kay Kucera – kk@gorge.net – if you’re interested). Also, you should totally attend 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!