4/9 Mt. Hood rain/snow, Gorge awesome early-season wind, and a freeze warning for farmers and gardeners.

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 April 9, 2013

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

Happy Tuesday. Another reminder today that we’ll have tree planting on Seven Streams on Saturday morning at 9am. Meet at the bottom of Post Canyon Road. In other exciting Post Canyon news, prep work has begun on improvements (eventually including a vault toilet) to the Family Man Staging Area. So, parking at Family Man is CLOSED until (hopefully just) the end of this week. Sorry for the inconvenience.

In other news, well, we’ll just go on to weather. The long-range forecast still show a dramatic cold front this weekend, with temps dropping into the upper 20’s Saturday and Sunday night. Wow. Brr.

Today starts off clear, quickly becoming high overcast. It’ll be in the upper 30’s this morning and low 50’s this afternoon. Wind will be W 5-10 early, picking up to gusty 22-26 mid-afternoon, with the strongest wind at Stevenson and very gusty wind elsewhere.

Wednesday sees temps in the upper 40’s early and mid 50’s later. Wind will be W 5-10 early and W 28-32+ in the afternoon as high pressure builds in behind a passing front. Best/strongest/steadiest conditions will be Doug’s-Maryhill mid-afternoon, filling in at Arlington late. It’ll rain in the central Gorge starting between 8am and 11am.

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On Thursday, we’ll start with a nice layer of marine clouds in the western Gorge and sunshine east of those clouds. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and near 50 in the afternoon. Wind will build to steady W 27-31 east of the low clouds, likely best at Mosier/Maryhill early and Lyle/Doug’s in the afternoon.

If you’d prefer the mountain, today probably isn’t the day, as dramatically warming temps under high overcast sky will turn the snow to sticky mush quickly. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be 4000′ early, 8000′ at 2pm and 11,000′ at 5pm. Wind will be NW 10 early, 20 midday and 30 in the afternoon. There is a chance of a few sprinkles during the day.

Tomorrow starts off cloudy on Mt. Hood. The snow level will be 12,000′ early, 8,000′ midday and 5000′ at 5pm, dropping more overnight. Rain starts falling between 8am and 11am, becoming heavy after noon, for .4” by 5pm. Luckily, the atmospheric river is pointed north of us, so we’re just catching the edge of this warm, wet system. By 5pm, the rain should switch to snow, but we’ll only see an inch or two overnight. Wind will be W 30 early, WSW 30-40 midday and W 40-50 in the late afternoon.

Thursday looks clear with intermittent orographic snow flurries. The snow level will be 1500′ early and 2500′ in the afternoon. No accumulation. Wind will be NW 20-25 all day.

Friday starts off clear, quickly becoming cloudy with light flurries possible. The snow level will be 2500′ early, 5000′ midday and 4500′ late. Wind will be NW 10 early, SW 15 midday and W 25 in the evening.

Saturday brings cold temps and heavy snow along with strong wind. Sunday looks quite cold, with light snow.

Have an awesome day today!