1/24 Mt. Hood rain forecast, Gorge rain forecast, and a request for letters of support.

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 January 24, 2013

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

Well, it’s 28 degrees in Hood River this morning, which means it must be an icy mess out on the roads. I’m a bit loath to wander outside and see if I fall on my butt trying to get to my mailbox, so I’m going to stay in my warm house and assume it’s icy outside. If you’re driving, be careful. We’re still suffering under an east gradient, and that gradient will build today, so expect roads to stay icy.

In local news, the Port of Hood River is applying for grants for funding a waterfront path through the Nichols Boat Basin area. Please take 5 minutes (or less) to fill out this easy survey in support. If you’d like to do more, letters of support are needed. Email heatherstaten@gorge.net. If you’d like to view the proposal and perhaps suggest changes in your letter, the proposal can be found on the final page of the grant application available here.

Coming up tomorrow night, your favorite Ranger, Jimmy T, teaches an avalanche awareness clinic at Dog River coffee at 7pm.

In weather news, the Gorge will stay cloudy and cold today, with (please let me be right) temps rising above freezing late in the afternoon and rain starting around 7pm. Friday also looks rainy. Saturday and Sunday look above freezing, with cloudy sky in the Gorge.

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The forecast for Mt. Hood isn’t pretty for the next two days. It starts off cold and clear this morning, with cloudy sky by noon. The freezing level will be at the surface this morning, rising to 5500′ by 1pm and 6000′ by 10pm, but the freezing level doesn’t tell the real story. Warm air above has the temp at -2° C at 12,000′, and this kind of setup usually leads to freezing rain on Mt. Hood. So, we’ll see .6” water value (WV) between 4pm today and 4am Friday morning, and that will likely fall as freezing rain, switching to rain after midnight. Wind today will be light early, rising to SW 30 midday, and SW 40 overnight.

Friday starts off with very heavy rain. The snow level will be 8000′ early, falling to 7000′ at 7am, 6000′ at 10am, and 4000′ at 10pm. Models are disagreeing quite a bit about when it will be cold enough for snow at 5000′: one says 4am, one says 4pm, and one says 10pm. I’m going to be pessimistic and say most of the moisture will fall as rain; we’ll get .8-1.0” between 4am and 1pm. A second round of precip moves in overnight, for .4” WV falling as 3-4” of snow into Saturday morning.

Snow continues Saturday, with the snow level at 2500′ all day. We’ll get .3” WV during the day, for 2-4” of new, followed by another round after 10pm, for .5” WV overnight and 4-6” by Sunday morning. Wind Saturday will be SW 25 for much of the day, becoming W 30 in the afternoon.

Sunday sees more snow, with the snow level at 500′ and .5” WV for 4-6” during the day. Wind will be W 15mph. Models are disagreeing after Sunday, with one showing rebuilding high pressure and the other showing a more progressive, showery pattern. So, no forecast beyond Sunday.

Have an awesome day today!