4/3 Mt. Hood SNOW!!!, Gorge no-wind, and ODOT bashing

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 April 3, 2013

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

This is it for a while. The nice last day. The last sunny day. The last warm day. Actually, tomorrow will be pretty warm too, but the blue sky and sunshine are about to go on vacation. Maybe you can chase the nice weather all the way to Hawaii?

In Gorge weather today, we’ll have sunshine. West wind at less than 10mph this morning will fade to nothing this afternoon. Temps will be in the mid-40’s early and mid-60’s in the afternoon.

Thursday starts with high clouds and temp sin the upper 40’s, rising to the mid 60’s in the afternoon. Sprinkles start by 11am, or maybe 1pm at the latest. We’ll get .1-.3” rain, along with E wind at 22-25 all day.

Friday looks mostly cloudy with sprinkles and heavier rain overnight into Saturday, probably .2-.3” total. Temps will be in the mid 40’s early and upper 50’s in the afternoon with W wind at 15-18. The weekend looks cold and wet, with highs in the upper 40’s and rain showers.

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That cold and wet valley forecast translates to new snow for the mountain. Not today. Today will be warm and sunny on Mt. Hood, with the freezing level at 7500′ early and 11,000′ in the afternoon. Wind will be W 10 early and SW 10 later.

Thursday starts with high clouds over Mt. Hood, with rain starting around 11am. The freezing level will be 12,000′ early, falling to 7000′ in the afternoon. Total rainfall will be .2” by 5pm and .2-.3” between 5pm and 5am. Wind will be SW 15-20 early, S 20-30 midday and SW 35-40 in the evening.

By 2am Friday, we should see a switch to snow. If not by 2am, then definitely by 8am; The snow level will be 6000′ at 2am, and 5000′ by 8am. We’ll see .1-.2” water value (WV) for 1” of new by 5pm, with heavier snow overnight giving us .4-.6” WV by 5am for 4-6” of new snow by Saturday morning. Wind Friday will be SW 35-40 all day.

Saturday starts with more snow. The snow level will be 3000′ early and 2000′ by 11am (figures that ODOT made us remove our studded tires, doesn’t it – and don’t tell me to use studless: I flipped my car doing 35mph using those.) We’ll see .3-.4” WV during the day, for 3-4” of snow, with another .3” by 5am Sunday, for 2-4” more. Wind Saturday will be W 35 early, dropping to W 30 by mid-morning. Heavy snow continues on Sunday with the snow level around 3000′ … however, there could be a brief period of rain as well – depends on the exact storm track.

Have an awesome day today!