4/10 Mt. Hood rain/snow, Gorge nukin’ wind, and free skiing at Skibowl!

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Temira
Date
 April 10, 2013
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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

Good morning,

Spring’s been nice. Winter’s back. And it’s not going anywhere for the next week, with the possible exception of Friday, when it might be relatively nice. After Friday, though, we’re going into a stretch of unseasonably cold weather, with periods of cold drizzle. We’ll also see fresh snow in the mountains and very windy days on the Columbia. And we’ll see frost in the Gorge Sunday and Monday nights.

Just a few reminders: pick up your Port of Hood River parking pass at a discount if you buy it now. Make plans to be at the Seven Streams tree planting party on Saturday. It’s your trail. Help make it prettier. Also, Sunday is SKI FREE day at Skibowl. Never been there? This is your chance. Head to Skibowl West and experience the Upper Bowl for free. Make sure you head to the Beer Stube for nachos later – best in the west for nachos, for sure!

Today in the Gorge, expect the clouds to start dropping drizzle by midday. Temps will be in the mid 40’s early and mid 50’s later. As the front swings through early afternoon, the wind will pick up. Expect gusty 18-21 in the western Gorge with 28-32 at Doug’s and Maryhill, picking up to 30-35 at Maryhill and Arlington between 2pm and 5pm.

Thursday starts with marine clouds in the western Gorge and sun out east. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and low 50’s late. We’ll see W wind at 15-18 in the western Gorge with 21-24 early at Doug’s-Maryhill and steady 29-33 in the afternoon, probably strongest from Mosier-The Dalles, but possibly filling in at the Hatch and Hood River (in which case you’ll see me on the water).

Friday starts with clear sky, but high clouds move in quickly. Temps will be in the low 40’s early and low 50’s later. Wind will be E 21-23 through midday, swinging to W 10-15 in the afternoon, so this is probably your best road biking day this week.


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Saturday brings NUKING west wind to the Gorge. 30+ everywhere with temps in the upper 40’s.

On Mt. Hood, today starts with mist, transitions to drizzle, and then switches to rain, before a period of colder weather and snow flurries tonight. The snow level will be 8000′ early, 6500′ midday and 5000′ this evening. We’ll see .9” water value (WV) as rain during the day, followed by .1” WV as snow tonight for an inch or so of new. Wind will be WSW 35 early, W 45-50 midday and WNW 30-40 in the late afternoon.

Thursday starts with a few snow flurries, but maybe, perhaps, the sky will clear later. No snow accumulation. Sunbreaks will abound, if nothing else. The snow level will be 1500′ early and 3000′ later. Wind will be NW 20-25 early and NW 15 in the afternoon.

Friday starts clear, with high clouds moving in. The freezing level will be 2000′ early and 7000′ in the afternoon. Wind will be light and variable early, SW 10-15 midday and WSW 25-30 late.

Saturday starts cloudy, with the snow level at 6000′, quickly dropping to 1500′ by 11am. We might see a little rain early, but it will quickly switch to snow, with .6” falling by 5pm, for 3-4” of new. Wind will be very strong: W 45-50 early, W 50 midday and W 40-45 in the afternoon. Flurries continue on Sunday.

Have an awesome day today!

Temira