3/7 Forecast

Posted by
 March 7, 2010

Good morning!

It’s another gorgeous day. If you like sunshine, take advantage of it, because winter returns tomorrow.

The previous forecast models looks like we’d have lots of snow early in this week, but they’ve backed off on precipitation amounts now. According to NWAC, we’ll see about .25″ of water value between now and tomorrow. With cold temps accompanying the moisture, we could see 3-5″ out of that small water amount. Another few inches of snow will fall during the day tomorrow. Tuesday looks dry, but snow returns to the hills on Wednesday afternoon. Wednesday night through Saturday look like fresh snow days on the slopes.

Of course, that forecast goes a long ways out, so it’s subject to change. Plan on clearing your schedule Thursday or Friday, if you can, and plan on skiing Saturday.

If we only see .25″ of rain tonight, we’ll still have trails okay for biking tomorrow, Elevation gain may be limited by snow levels around 1000 feet. A dusting of snow is possible in the Upper Valley, even.

In wind news, as the sun warms the gorge today, westerlies will pick up. A dual-sport or triple sport day looks likely today, with corridor winds blowing in the 19-22 range, stronger if we’re really lucky. A weak front slides over the gorge tonight. Cool temps and high pressure building in its wake drive winds tomorrow. Go east of the low clouds tomorrow for chilly west winds in the 28-32 range. If we’re really lucky, we could see a big Corridor, Doug’s or Mosier day tomorrow – models tend to underestimate winds with high pressure at the coast. Timing of fronts later in the week is questionable, but I think we’ll see a big day out east towards the end of the week. Ready?

Have a great day today!