4/6 Mt. Hood Snow, Gorge Wind, and Trail Work Parties

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 April 6, 2013

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

It’s a lovely, wet start to the weekend. Hooray! Your garden will be happy. But don’t get too zealous with the planting, because the long-range forecast still shows unseasonably cold temps moving into the region at the end of next week. In the meantime… plant your lettuce and spinach and broccoli and peas and watercress and arugula and cross your fingers.

For you mountain bikers, there are work parties on Bad Motor Scooter in Post Canyon today and tomorrow, and there’s a work party on the Cascade Locks EasyCLIMB trail tomorrow. And then next Saturday, there’s tree planting on Seven Streams from 9am-noon.

You might have noticed it’s raining this morning? Gorge weather will be in the upper 40’s this morning, mid 50’s this afternoon, with on-and-off sprinkles all day and heavy, heavy rain tonight. Wind will be W 10-15 near Hood River and gusty 24-28 east of the low clouds.

Tomorrow looks very rainy in the Gorge. Temps will be in the mid-40’s early and low 50’s in the afternoon. Wind will be W 25-30 east of The Dalles, picking up to 35+ between 2pm and 5pm. Expect strong, but very gusty, wind in the central Gorge too.

Monday looks partly cloudy, with temps in the mid-40’s early and upper 40’s late, with west wind at 25-29 from Doug’s to Maryhill, strongest early, fading in the afternoon.

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On Mt. Hood, the interesting weather continues. It is snowing this morning, and the snow level will continue to drop to 3500′ or so. We’ll see .2-.3” water value (WV) by 5pm, for 2-3” more snow. We’ll see another 1”-1.25” tonight, for 8-11” of new snow by Sunday morning. Wind today will be WSW 30-40 early, becoming SW 30-40 in the afternoon as the next system approaches.

Sunday is a crapshoot. Remember what I said yesterday about the path of a low pressure system making a huge difference in the wind? Well, the models can’t decide if the low is going to track north or south of Mt. Hood. If it tracks north, we’ll see WNW wind at 50-60 tomorrow. If it tracks south, we’ll see light wind early, rotating through various compass points at 30ish mph. So sorry, but we’ll have to wait and see what happens! What we do know is that we’ll see a lot of new snow: the snow level will be around 2000′ all day, and we’ll get .8-1.0” WV, for 8-10” of new snow by 5pm, followed by another 1-2” overnight.

Monday looks partly cloudy on Mt. Hood, quickly becoming clear, with the freezing level at 1500′ early and 3000′ in the afternoon. Wind will be NW 30 early, becoming N 30 midday and slowly fading into the afternoon.

Tuesday brings high clouds and warming: The freezing level starts at 4000′ and rises to 12,000′ by 5pm. Wind will be NW 15-20 early and 25-30 in the afternoon.

Have an awesome day today!