Sunday. 3/2. Gorge freezing rain. Mt. Hood mixed precip. Isn’t this exciting weather?

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 March 2, 2014

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After blowing several “winter storm warning” forecasts this winter (it’s freakin’ hard to predict the Gorge, folks), I think NOAA and I are both quite happy to have called this one right. Please be careful out there today. No snow tires? No chains? Don’t do it. And you idiots driving past my window on I-84 doing 50+mph, slow the f**k down. Please. Slow the f**k down, please.

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

Sounds like I was a little off on the timing of the switch from snow to rain on Mt. Hood: it’s been alternating back and forth since yesterday evening. Snow most of the time, but also some mist and rain mixed in. We’ll see a transition today away from the white stuff and towards the wet stuff. The snow level will be around 5000′ early, rising to 6000′ by 1pm and dropping to 5000-5500′ by Monday morning. We’ll see light mist/snow early, with precip rates picking up after 10am, for 1”+ water value (WV) by 4pm and another 1-2” WV overnight. We may see a few wet inches of snow out of this, but most of this, I suspect, will fall as rain at base elevations. Wind today will be SW 35 early, rising to SW 45 midday and SW 50 in the evening.

Monday starts with a wintry mix of precip, quickly becoming rain, as the snow level rises from 5500′ early to 6000′ at 7am and 6500′ in the afternoon, before dropping to 5000-5500′ overnight. Models are disagreeing on precip amounts, suggesting anything from 1-3” of rain during the day, followed by showers, or more likely, flurries, overnight, for less than 1” of new. Wind will be WSW 40 early, switching to W 40 in the afternoon and dropping to W 30 overnight.

Tuesday starts with a few flurries, followed by a transition to rain – the snow level will be at 5000′ early, rising to 5500′ at 10am, and then slowly rising to 7500′ by midnight. We’ll get .2-.4” rain from 4am-4pm, followed by another .4” or so of rain overnight.

Wednesday looks very warm and wet, with the snow level around 7500-8500′ (c’mon, it’s 4 days away!). Pineapples may fall from the sky, so wear a helmet. At this point, Thursday looks cold-enough and snowy, but that’s a long way out to be predicting.

Gorge Wind

There’s a solid east gradient this morning, .19, with an upper level low offshore reinforcing that gradient. It’s blowing in the upper 20’s at Stevenson, where the sensor has been protected from accumulating ice by a miracle. At Rooster, the sensor is iced up. Expect the easterlies to slowly fade, switching to light west wind sometime between 4pm and 10pm.

Monday starts with light west wind, picking up to gusty 21-24. Thursday looks like a light westerly day.

Gorge Weather

Gorge weather is officially messy this morning. And exciting, if you’re me or Larry Spellman, who got his birthday wish. According to NOAA (who I called to report continued snowfall here in HR), there’s 1/4” of ice in Cascade Locks. According to TripCheck, chains are required on I-84. Messy, for sure. As always, it’s difficult to predict when temps will rise above freezing, but it looks like 4pm is Magic Hour today, as an upper level low swings across Washington, switching the cross-Cascade gradient from E to W.

As for snow/sleet/ice amounts, well, precip rates will increase after 10am. Expect another .2-.4” water value to fall before we switch to pure rain. That will give us up to 1” of snow followed by .1-.2” freezing rain today. Good thing it’s going to warm up this evening, because we’re going to see .5” of rain tonight.

Monday starts with temps in the mid-40’s, warming to the low 50’s in the afternoon. We’ll see steady rainfall all day, tapering off after 4pm. Tuesday looks warm and showery, with temps in the mid-40’s early and mid-50’s in the afternoon. We’ll see rain showers and rainbows. Wednesday looks really warm and really wet.

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