4/16 Mt. Hood Snow and Gorge Wind Forecast

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 April 16, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

I really could use a good, strong cup of hot coffee right now. Mine’s cold and old and lacking in half-and-half. Rainy days are good days for drinking coffee, aren’t they?

Today looks rainy from wherever you are all the way up to 7500’ on Mt. Hood. The snow level will slowly drop today: 6000’ at 11am, 4000’ at 2pm, 3000’ at 5pm and 1500’ by 11pm. Sadly, most of the moisture will fall before the snow level drops, meaning Mt. hood will have a very wet day. We’ll have .4-.6” water value before 2pm, and then another .3” WV overnight into Tuesday. We’ll end up with 1-3” down low and 3-6” up high out of this system. Wind today will be SW 30-35 early, rising to 35-40 midday and dropping to 25-20 at 2pm and 15-20 overnight.

Tuesday morning starts off with a few lingering flurries with sunbreaks, becoming partly cloudy midday, cloudy late, with snow starting again late Tuesday. The snow level will be 1500’ early, 2000’ at 11am, 4000’ at 5pm and back to 2500’ at 11pm. Wind will be W 5-10 early, picking up to SSW 15-20 in the afternoon. No significant accumulation on Tuesday.

Wednesday starts off with 2-4” of new snow on the ground from Wednesday night’s .3” WV. A few flurries linger into the morning, but the sky will clear pretty quickly before high clouds move in midday. The freezing level will be 2000’ early, rising to 4500’ by 5pm and 5500’ by 11pm when the precip starts. Wind Wednesday will be SW 20-25 early, rising to 30-35 midday, 35-40 in the afternoon and dropping to 20-25 overnight.

We might see a couple inches of snow Wednesday night, but Thursday morning brings heavy rain, with the snow level at 6000’ early rising to 10,000’+ in the afternoon with SW wind at 35ish. Nobody’s called Pineapple Express or atmospheric river yet, but it looks mighty wet.

In wind news, we’ll see gusty 15-18mph west wind today from Hood River east as a front passes over the Cascades. The next three days look light, as a series of low pressure systems take up camp off the coast.

Have a great day today!


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