Pi Day 3.14 Mt. Hood incoming snow, Gorge events, and PIE!

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 March 14, 2013

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

First off today, some very important news: It’s Pi Day! No, that’s not a typo. It’s 3.14 day, and that means it’s time to celebrate with a misspelling: PIE! The official Pi Day run/bike ride is meeting at Syncline at 6pm. Bring a pie to share after the ride.

In other news: mark your calendar for another WTA work party on Syncline this weekend. Meet at 8:30 both days at the base of Courtney Road. Also this weekend, on Saturday, there’s the Upper Wind kayaking festival and race. And speaking of kayaking, the Hood River pool is open for roll practice on Tuesday and Thursday evenings again. River levels: White Salmon, 2.8′. Klickitat: 1540cfs. Hood River: 4.6′. And more kayaking stuff: National Geographic Adventurer Charlie Munsey will be at Columbia Center for the Arts on Wednesday, March 20th. His photos are amazing, and he’s a good guy, so come see his slideshow and presentation!

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Moving on to Gorge weather: mid-40’s this morning, low 60’s this afternoon, under increasingly cloudy sky. The wind will be non-existent this morning and W 21-24 this afternoon. Tomorrow: mid-40’s early, mid-50’s in the afternoon with low clouds becoming high overcast late. West wind at 15-18. Saturday: cloudy, with rain likely after noon. Low 40’s early, upper 40’s in the afternoon. Sunday: Frost alert for you gardeners. Near freezing in the morning under partly cloudy sky. Low 40’s in the afternoon. Looking at the extended forecast, there’s a very good chance of sticking snow in Odell and Parkdale on Saturday night and next Wednesday. Do not remove your studded tires.

Up on Mt. Hood, we’re about to see a change for the better. Today starts off warm and sunny. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be 11,000′ early, 7500′ at 2pm, and 6000′ at 5pm as the cold front swings through, rising briefly to 7500′ overnight before falling to 5500′ Friday morning. We’ll see light rain, possibly mixed with snow, overnight, for .1-.3” water value (WV) and no significant accumulation. Wind today will be SW 25-30 early, SW 40 early afternoon, and W 40 in the evening and overnight.

Friday starts off sunny on the mountain, with snow starting around 5pm. The FAF will be 5500′ early and 6000′ in the evening, falling to 3000′ by Saturday morning. Expect .1-.3” WV overnight, for 1-2” of new snow. Wind will be W 20-25 all day.

Saturday starts with snow flurries and sunbreaks, with heavier snowfall starting by 2pm. The snow level will be 3000′ early, falling to 1500′ in the afternoon and evening. As of now, the models are saying .4-.7” WV, for 4-7” of new snow by Sunday morning. Wind will be W 25-30 early, SW 35-40 midday and W 40 overnight.

Sunday looks cold, with orographic snow flurries mixed with sunbreaks. The snow level will be around 1000′. No significant snow accumulation. NW wind at 35 early, WNW 30 midday and WNW 20 in the evening. More significant snowfall and a big change in the weather pattern looks likely for the middle of next week.

Have an awesome day today!