- Written by Ben Jacklet
- Category: News
- Published: December 02, 2013
- Last Updated: December 02, 2013
A huge storm dumped more than nine inches of rain on Mount Hood in 24 hours before finally turning to snow at around midnight Sunday.
According to telemetry data from the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center, 9.3 inches of precipitation fell at 5,880 feet between 11 pm Saturday and 11 pm Sunday. The rain turned into snow at around midnight, with three inches of accumulation in three hours.
The National Weather Service is predicting five to nine inches to accumulate at the Cascade passes today, and another two inches tonight.
The wind has been intense too. Gusts hammered Mount Hood at 60-plus miles an hour over the weekend, and they could reach 50 miles an hour today.
There's a 30 percent chance of snow showers on Tuesday, but beyond that the forecast is looking pretty dry, and extremely cold.
The freezing level plummeted from 11,000 feet Saturday to 2,500 feet Monday, and it is expected to drop even further and stay there for a while. The Mount Hood weather.gov forecast for 6,339 feet calls for high temperatures of just nine degrees Wednesday, 18 degrees Thursday and 17 degrees Friday.
The cold temps should allow Mt. Hood Meadows and Skibowl to make snow all week. Meadows announced its plan to shift to daily lift operations just before the torrential rains began. Conditions turned so bad Sunday that Meadows ran just one lift, Buttercup, for just two hours, 9-11 am.
Skibowl cranked up the snowmaking and opened its tubing hill over the weekend but has been unable to open for skiing and snowboarding so far in 2013-14.
FOX 12's Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen is predicting 6-10 inches of snow Monday at the base of Skibowl and 8-12 inches in the Upper Bowl by Monday evening.
Timberline has been open on weekends for a month and a half and recently transitioned to seven days a week, thanks to the reserves of snow at 8500 feet on Palmer Snowfield.