4/9 forecast

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 April 9, 2011

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Good morning!

Clouds from the next warm front are already sliding into the Northwest, ending hopes for a sunny day on Mt. Hood. We’ll have high overcast skies today with slowly lowering ceilings and maybe a few flurries. The snow level will be at 2000’ early, rising to 4000’ by 5pm. Total precip will be less than .1”. Models snow winds at NW 20-25, but given how quickly the clouds have moved in, I think W or WSW is more likely, at 10-20.

Tomorrow looks snowy, but models are all over the place with precip amounts. The snow level will be at 3000’ early, rising to 5000’ by 11am, going briefly to 5500’-6000’ around 5pm and tehn dropping to 4000’ by 11pm. We’ll see moderate snow from 5am-noon, tapering off, and then picking up again after midnight. Models say .3-.5” during the day, so let’s go with 3-4” of new, and then .4-1” overnight (see, I said they were all over the place), for a conservative call of 4-6” by Monday morning. The wind on Sunday will be SW 20-25 in the morning, buildling to SW 40-45 by 2pm.

The snow level will fall to 1500’ by Monday morning, falling as low as 500’ during the day as the cold front swings through. Total precip Monday will be .5-1.25” (see, still all over the place), for 6-8” of new light and fluffy snow. Winds will be W 25-35 in the morning, dropping to W 20-25 by 11am.

Tuesday looks dry with light wind. We’ll see another round of heavy snow Wednesday night into Thursday.

The Gorge wind forecast for today is 17-21 by mid-morning from Hood River all the way to Roosevelt. Because this is a warm front moving in, it’s going to be gusty. Tomorrow looks light. Monday looks windier, if colder, with 24-28 east of The Dalles and gusty 16-19 under the clouds near Hood River.


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