4/11 Mt. Hood snow, Gorge wind, and cold, cold, unseasonably cold weather headed this way.

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 April 11, 2013

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

Ah… so yesterday I meant to say you could get your discounted Port of Hood River parking passes starting May 1st. I have no idea why you can’t get them yet, but you can’t. So… my apologies for those of you who jumped on that bit of misinformation.

Next, I don’t know where the windsurfers and kiters were yesterday, but they weren’t at Arlington, where it was 3.5 with okay swell. They also weren’t at Rufus or The Wall when I drove by at 6pm. It was sub-3.0 there with big waves. Maybe they were mountain biking, although the trails were likely too muddy… speaking of mountain biking: if Post Canyon dries out, the Post and Pint is a go. Meet at 5:30 at Dirty Fingers (call before to see if it’s on). If you complete the ride, you earn free beer. (yuck. Beer.)

You may want to do a wind sport instead of riding today. It appears the marine layer is past HR this morning, so you’ll want to be somewhere between Mosier and John Day Dam this afternoon for relatively steady 28-32mph. Temps will be in the mid 40’s this morning and low 50’s this afternoon.

Tomorrow starts with clear sky and temps in the low 40’s, rising to the mid 50’s in the afternoon. Wind will be light until about 11am, when it will pick up to gusty W 21-24. We’ll see some sprinkles overnight, with flurries possible in the wee hours above 1000′.

If you live above 500′, you’ll likely see frost or flurries on Saturday morning, depending on when the sky clears. Temps at river level will be in the upper 30’s early and upper 40’s in the afternoon. Wind will be… NUKING out of the west, especially early, but holding in the nearly-nuking category all afternoon east of The Dalles. Don’t forget about the Seven Streams tree planting party at 9am.

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Sunday looks clear and chilly, with frost above 500′ and west wind at 24-28.

On Mt. Hood, it’s currently rather … icy, as it rained an inch yesterday and then temps dropped into the low 20’s. It will be clear this morning, with high clouds this afternoon and flurries tonight with no accumulation. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be 1000′ early and 2500′ later, with NNW wind at 10-15.

Tomorrow starts clear, becoming overcast midday. The FAF will be 2000′ early and 6500′ after 11am. Looks like we’ll see rain or freezing rain after 11pm, with .2-.4” falling by Saturday morning, with a chance of some flurries at the end of the precip. Wind Friday will be W 10 early, SW 15 midday and SW 30 in the evening, becoming W 50 overnight as the front passes.

Now, I prefer the strongest wind to happen between 7am and 10am, because it makes my life more interesting, but it looks like the strongest wind will be overnight. At 5am Saturday, the snow level will be at a stunning less-than-1000′, slowly rising to 2000′ Saturday afternoon. There will be orographic snow flurries during the day, with heavier snow overnight dropping .2-.4” by Sunday morning for a couple inches of new snow (sorry, Parkdale). Wind Saturday will be W 40-50 early, dropping to WNW 30-35 at 11am and W 40 at 5pm.

Sunday looks cold with a few flurries and WNW wind at 20-25. Sunday, remember, is Ski Free Day at Skibowl – last day of the season there.

Have an awesome day today!