3/9 Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

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 March 9, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning!

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It’s going to be another beautiful day, with temps in the 50’s in the valleys and 40’s on the mountain. We’ll see clear skies this morning with high clouds moving in this afternoon. The freezing level will be 10,000′ early, dropping to 8000′ by 4pm and 7000′ by 7pm. Wind today is already stronger than models predict, but I’ll go with SW 30-40 at 5000′ ridgetops, picking up to 40-45 early afternoon. Precip will start around 10pm, falling at r**n on the ski slopes. Total precip overnight will be .3-.4” water value.

Saturday starts off with the freezing level around 6000′, bouncing around during the day between 2500′ and 5500′ and ending up at 4500′ at 7pm. Wind will be SW 25-35 early, picking up to 35-40 around 10am and holding through the rest of the day. The bouncy freezing level is making my job tough, as far as calling precip types. I think we’ll see wet snow interspersed with periods of rain. We’ll get .4-.5” WV of the mix by 4pm, and then another .5-.7” WV by Sunday morning. The optimistic model shows a switch to all snow by 7pm. The pessimistic one shows a switch by 1am. So, let’s call it 4-6” of new snow by Sunday morning. Don’t forgot to set your clocks ahead on Saturday night.

Sunday morning starts off cold and snowy, with the snow level around 1000-1500′. Wind will be SW 35-40 early, picking up to 40-45 during the day and 45-50 in the evening. We’ll see .4-.6” WV between 4am and 4pm, for 5-7” of new snow. Another .4-.5” WV falls by Monday, 4am, for 5-7” additional snow.

Monday looks interesting, with the snow level at 1500′ early, 3000′ by 10am and 5500′ at 1pm, falling back to 1000′ at 4pm as a very fast-moving system flies up the Oregon coast. We’ll see snow flurries in the morning, followed by very heavy precip in the afternoon. I think we’ll see a period of rain in the afternoon, or freezing rain if we are very lucky. Wind will be SW 35-40 early, picking up to 40-60 at 10am and 60-70 at 1pm, dropping back to 40ish at 4pm.

Tuesday looks cold and snowy. Wednesday looks better than it did before, but still likely brings a period of rain or rain/snow/freezing rain/sleet mix to the mountains.

Low elevation snow is possible in the Gorge and Hood River Valley on Tuesday and Wednesday. In events, there’s a rail jam at Timberline tonight and at Meadows tomorrow afternoon.


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