3/8 Mt. Hood Snow Forecast, low elevation snow alert and Gorge wind forecast.

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 March 8, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning!

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What a day it will be! We’ll see mid-forties on Mt. Hood today, with mid-sixties in Portland and low fifties in the Gorge (although strong east gradients could limit heating in the Gorge). The free air freezing level will be at 10,000′-11,000′ today with SW wind at 15-20 this morning, 20-25 midday and 25-30 in the evening. No precip, but some high clouds are possible. Don’t forget to look for the aurora borealis tonight!

Friday starts off clear or with thin high clouds. The freezing level will be 11,000′ early, 10,000′ at 4pm and 8,000′ at 10pm. Mountain wind will be SW 35-40 all day. No precip.

Precip starts between 1am and 4am Saturday, probably as a mix of rain, sleet, freezing rain and snow, but there’s a chance we’ll stay all snow. Normally I’d call wet snow with this setup, but models are predicting pockets of above-freezing air at 5000′ and relatively warm air at 10,000′ through 4pm, so let’s call it a mix and hope for better. That said, the freezing level will be 6000′ at 1am, 5000′ at 4am, 2000′ at 10am, and then back to 4000′ at 4pm. Wind will be SW 35-45 early, 30-35 by 10am and 25-30 in the afternoon. Total precip looks to be in the .4-.5” range between 1am and 4pm for 3-4” of new snow (assuming it falls as snow).

We’ll see another .4-.5” overnight, and that should fall as snow, for 4-6” by Sunday morning. That will be followed by another .4-.5” during the day for another 5-7” of snow. The snow level Sunday will be 3000′ early, dropping to 1000′ by 7am and 500′ by 10am. Wind will be SW 40-45, picking up briefly to 45-50 early morning and dropping back to 35-40 by the time lifts are running.

Snow continues through Monday, becoming heavy at times. At this point, the track of Tuesday’s weather system looks to support snow, but Wednesday’s supports rain or freezing rain.

In addition, low elevation snowfall is likely during the day Sunday and again Monday night into Tuesday.

Windsurfers and kiters have strong east wind this morning. Next chance for a big day is west wind on Tuesday.

In events, Timberline has a rail jam Friday night and Meadows has one on Saturday afternoon.

Have a great day today!


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