Leap Day Mt. Hood Forecast

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 February 29, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning!

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It’s hard to sit here and write a forecast when there’s a lot of light and fluffy powder about. I just want to run outside and throw it in the air and make snow angels that won’t hold their shape.

Today will be snowy, with the snow level at 1000′ or less. Wind will be SW 40-45 early, going to WSW 40-50 at 10am and dropping to 30-35 by 1pm. Snowfall by 4pm will be .7” water value (WV) or so, for 9-11” of new snow. We’ll see another .7”-1.0” WV by 4am Thursday for another 8-14” of new snow.

Thursday, sadly, is Vitamin Water day at Meadows, with 2500 free tickets floating around in the cybersphere. There will be lots of epic powder ono the ground, with the snow level less than 500′. Wind will be WNW 30 early, going to NW 20-25 at 7am and NW 30 at 1pm. We’ll see .1-.2” WV during the day before skies become we see some sunbreaks in the afternoon.

Friday starts off clear, becoming cloudy midday with precip starting around 4pm. Wind will be NW 15-20 early, 20-25 by 10am, W 30-35 at 4pm, WNW 40-45 by 7pm, and NW 40-45 by 10pm. This system is a really tough call. It looks like we’ll start off with wet snow, but with warm air aloft streaming into the area, we’re likely going to see a switch to rain and/or freezing rain in the evening as the freezing level rises to 6000′ by 10pm and stays there all night. Total precip will be .5” WV or so.

Saturday morning starts off with the freezing level in the 5500-6000′ range, dropping to 5500′ around 7am and rising to 7500′ in the afternoon. It looks like precip will be light, .2-.4” WV, ending around midday. Again, tough call at this poing, but a mix of cold, wet precip types is on the docket. Wind will be WNW 40, dropping to 30-35 by 7am and going to W 15-20 by 1pm.

Sunday, at this point, looks relatively dry.

Have a great day today!


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