Great Mountain Snow

March 12, 2010

Photo by Richard Hallman - Mt. Hood Meadows

Now that looks like some fine skiing.  Mt. Hood Meadows sent this and a few other pictures in earlier today.

A chilly trough passing overhead this evening along with a solid band of heavy precipitation dragged the sticking snow level down to about 1,000 ft. briefly.  My friend up at 1,800′ on Larch Mt. had about 1/2″, I had a dusting on the deck at home (phoned in via mini-Mark).  And I think one of you here on the blog saw all snow in the air up at Council Crest.  The last band of showers is moving towards the north coast right now, then it looks real quiet after daybreak tomorrow.

I see low level moisture goes away tomorrow night through Monday night as our low level flow turns easterly or southeasterly.  That combined with a much warmer atmosphere holds the promise of a dramatic warming trend.  The reason it won’t get insanely warm (65-70) is all the cloud cover both Sunday and Monday.  We’re a little too close to systems traveling north along the coastline.

The 2nd half of next week will either be mostly sunny and mild (60-65 on the ECMWF) or mostly sunny and a bit cool (50s on the GFS).  For now we’re taking the cooler temps route with chilly high pressure at the surface coming down from the north.  00z GFS is quite cold again with 850mb temps below zero the entire period beyond Tuesday.

I spent a LOT of time staring at fonts and graphics today…so that’s it.  Have a good weekend!

Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen