4/4 Mt. Hood snow and Gorge wind

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 April 4, 2013

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

First off this morning, a call for donations. Local nonprofit Athletes for Cancer is looking for ski clothes for campers to use during survivor camps on Mt. Hood. They need women’s ski clothing (base layers, outerwear, gloves, goggles, etc.) in sizes 2-10, and men’s ski clothing in size XL. You can drop off your donations at 216 Cascade Ave. Suite 222. Please make sure items are clean and in good shape. If you wouldn’t wear it, don’t drop it off! Thank you! PS… A4C is a 501(c)(3), so you can make a cash donation too and get a tax writeoff.

Next, the weather. It’s warm this morning: in the mid 50’s in Hood River. Temps will rise to the mid-60’s this afternoon, under cloudy sky with occasional light sprinkles. Wind will be light east this morning, picking up to gusty W 15-18 late in the day.

Tomorrow starts with temps in the upper 40’s, rising to the mid-50’s with steady light drizzle for much of the day. Wind will be W 15-18 in the morning, picking up to gusty 24-28 east of The Dalles in the afternoon with gusty 15-19 under the clouds in the central Gorge.

Saturday brings temps in the upper 40’s early and mid-50’s in the afternoon under partly cloudy sky with gusty W wind at 15-18. Sunday looks colder, with very strong west wind in the eastern Gorge midday.

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On Mt. Hood, it will rain, drizzle, mist and sprinkle today with the snow level at 8000′ early and 7000′ this evening. We’ll see .2-.3” rain during the day and another .1” tonight. Wind will pick up to SW 30 today.

Friday starts with the freezing level at 6500′, dropping to 5500′ midday and rising to 6500′ in the afternoon and falling to 6000′ overnight. We’ll get .4-.5” water value (WV) by 5pm and another .5-.7” overnight into Saturday. With the snow level that high, it looks like rain at ski area base areas and snow up high. Maybe a mix of rain and snow at the base areas of T-Line and Meadows. Wind Friday will be WSW 40-45 early and SW 30-35 in the afternoon.

However, by 5am Saturday, the snow level will fall to 3500′, falling further to 2500′ by mid-morning. Snow flurries alternate with clear periods on Saturday, with little to no accumulation during the day. Heavy snow moves in after 5pm, for .5-.8” WV by Sunday morning, for 5-8” of new. One thing worth noting is that there’s a chance this snow will switch to rain between 2am and 5am, depending on the storm track. Wind on Saturday will be SW 45-50 early, SW 40 mid-morning and SW 30 in the afternoon.

Sunday sees the snow level at 4000′ early, dropping to 2000′ by mid-morning. About .2” WV moves in during the day, for 1-2” of new. Wind will be a pain: SW 45-50 early becomes WNW 45 by 8am, and doesn’t drop until late afternoon.

Have an awesome day today!