Washington’s B-Day Mt. Hood Snow Forecast (and big Gorge wind forecast)

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 February 20, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning!

Well… I had a sinking feeling when I looked at the models yesterday, but I really thought there was a chance we’d just see graupel instead of freezing rain, but… sigh… no such luck. As of early morning, the radar didn’t show a lot of water value out there, but it’ll pick up today, especially this evening. Bah. Freezing rain, sleet, maybe a little graupel or wet snow, but mostly just crap today with the freezing level around 4000’. We’ll see .5” or so water value today, with another .6”-8” of rain tonight. Wind today will be W 20-30, picking up to 30-35 at 10am, WNW 35-40 at 1pm and holding.

But don’t you guys worry yourselves over all this freezing rain, because we’ll be back to straight up rain in the mountains tomorrow, with the snow level at 7500’ at 1am and 9000’ by 4am, holding for the rest of the day. We’ll see up to .8” rain by 4pm tomorrow, with up to another 8” of rain by 4am Wednesday. Wind Tuesday will be NW 30-40+ at 1am, 40-50+ at 4am, WNW 50+ by 7am and WNW 60+ at 10am, holding for the rest of the day as high pressure building off the coast drives those NW winds.

Wednesday looks even more fun, with very heavy rain starting around 4am, for 1” or so by 4pm, but hey, at least we’re not the Washington Cascades, where they’ll see 3+”… So, that heavy rain will switch to snow by 7am, for probably ½ rain and then 4-7” of snow. The freezing level will be 9000’ by 1am, 7000’ at 4am, 4000’ by 7am and 1500’ by 10am. Wind will very quite exciting: WNW 60+ at 1am, 70+ at 4am, back to 60+ at 7am, W 50+ at 10am, 40-50 at 1pm and then going to an even more fun NW 45-50 at 4pm.

Thursday looks clear or maybe more likely high overcast, with NNW wind at 40++ at 4am, 30++ at 10am, 20++ at 1pm and then fading to W 20ish by 4pm.

Have a great day today!


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