Wednesday. 3/19. Gorge wind, Mt. Hood flurries, possible frost in the Gorge

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 March 19, 2014

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

Geez it gets hard to forecast this time of year when the March sun sends the temps way over the model predictions. Models are predicting a 2000′ freezing level this morning, but temps are above freezing at 8000′. I suspect that the incoming cold front this afternoon will be cold enough for the snow level to drop to 4000′ or so, and with .1-.2” water value, that’ll give us an inch or two of new snow between 5pm and midnight or so. So, call it a sunny start, becoming cloudy midday with flurries after 2pm. Wind today will be W 20 early, W 30 early afternoon and W 40 overnight.

Thursday looks partly cloudy, becoming cloudy in the afternoon, with the free air freezing level at 3500′, although the March sun is probably going to warm it up above freezing in the afternoon. We may see a few flurries overnight as a system passes to the south. No accumulation. Wind Thursday will be W 20 early, NW 25 mid-morning, and W 35-40 in the afternon and evening, fading by Friday morning.

Friday looks clear and sunny. The free air freezing level will be 1000′ early, rising to 6000′ in the afternoon with light east wind down low and light west wind up high. Saturday looks sunny and warm.

Gorge Wind

We’re starting off with a weak westerly gradient today, but as a front moves through and high pressure builds off the coast, we’ll see the westerlies pick up to 28-32 east of The Dalles, maybe at the Lyle stretch too. Western Gorge wind will be less, in the low to mid teens. Tomorrow brings westerlies at 15-18 in the eastern Gorge and 10-13 in the western Gorge. Expect east wind at 23-26 on Friday.

Out on the coast, Friday should be pretty much (insert bad word) epic with 25-30mph from north to south and a 7′ swell at 13 seconds. Saturday brings 20-25 at the north and central coast with a 6′ swell. So get out of town and enjoy a little surf – the air and water will likely be warmer out there than it is out here (link to current coastal water temps would be much appreciated).

Gorge Weather

Today is starting off with a bit of an inversion cloud. That will burn off, already is, actually, and be replaced by incoming high clouds mid-morning and then low clouds from a cold front this afternoon. Expect light showers (made of water, mind you, not photons) after 5pm. Or maybe after 2pm. At that point, we should see some rainbows coupled with increasing west wind. Temps today will be in the upper 30’s early and upper 40’s late.

Tomorrow looks partly cloudy, becoming sunny, becoming high overcast or partly cloudy again late with light west wind. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and low 50’s in the afternoon. On Friday, expect a clear and sunny day with frost in the morning with temps in the upper 20’s to low 30’s. Saturday repeats the Friday pattern.

Road and Mountain Biking

The weather this morning looks rather innocuous, doesn’t it? Well, just you wait. As a cold front moves in this afternoon, we’ll see the wind pick up and some showers fall, making for unpleasant road conditions. The rain shouldn’t really be enough to mess up the bike trails. Whoopdee was in great shape yesterday, for the most part, with a little freeze-thaw up high. Not sure what’s happening in Post. I’m sure Syncline is lovely and covered in wildflowers.

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Events – email me if I’ve missed any outdoor-related events

There’s Karma Yoga by donation tonight at Flow at 4pm. There’s ping pong at the Hood River Armory at 6:30. Coming up tomorrow night, Columbia Center for the Arts hosts the Trail Running Film Festival. Doors at 5pm. Films start at 6pm. Tickets $15.

Have an awesome day today!