3/6 Forecast to make you smile

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 March 6, 2011

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Good morning,

I love sunshine. I don’t love it as much as I love deep powder, but there’s something really, really good about seeing blue sky above and bright glare reflected from below. It just kinda makes me smile. Know what I’m saying? =)

Today will be clear, and it will be a great day to hit the BC if you can. I cannot, so you have to go for me. Winds will be light today, out of the west at 10-15mph. The free air freezing level will be 1000-1500’, hopefully keeping temps cool enough to keep the snow in perfect packed powder shape at the resorts.

Clouds move in sometime tonight, giving us a cloudy or partly cloudy day tomorrow with a chance of some snow flurries. Winds tomorrow start at NW 15-20, building to NW 25-35. The snow level will be around 1000-1500’. If you want a day on the hill with the slopes to yourself, tomorrow is the call.

Snowfall starts again on Tuesday, hitting Mt. Hood sometime around 4am. Total accumulation will be .5-.75” water value for 5-7” of new snow, most of that falling between 4am and 4pm. The snow level Tuesday morning starts at a very favorable 1000’, rising to a perfectly acceptable 3500’ by 1pm. Winds won’t be as favorable: They’ll be SW 30-40 early, building to a not-so-nice W 40ish by 1pm.

Wednesday starts out dry, with most of the precipitation headed north of us, unless the storm track changes. The snow level early will be 2000’, rising to 5000’ by 4pm, rising further to 6000’ by 7pm. Most of the precip associated with this warm front will fall between 7am and 1pm, hopefully sparing Mt. Hood the indignity of any liquid precipitation. Total precip will be .25-.5”, for 3-4” of heavy new snow. Winds Wednesday will be W 25-35 early, going to SW 35-40 by 1pm.

The snow level falls back to 4000’ by Thursday morning, falling further during the day, with 1.5-2.0” water value for a s**t-ton of new snow accompanied by a buttload of wind. At this point, it looks like we’ll see significant snow accumulation Friday through Sunday, but that’s a long ways out to make a call.

Have an awesome day.


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