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First off, I almost forgot to mention: If you like to ride bikes/etc at Hospital Hill, please do not park at the Corral on Spring Street for the next two weeks. The Kreps are moving the cattle on to the land, and can’t do it if you block access to their corral. Also, NO DOGS on Kreps land until the cattle are gone. Yes, that means you and your puppy. NO DOGS. We ride those trails at the generosity of the landowners, and must abide by their requests if we want to retain access. Please, no dogs. Really. All of you. Thank you!
Temps are borderline on Mt. Hood this morning, with the freezing level somewhere around 6000-6500’. Luckily, the radar echoes are mostly staying to the west, but we’ll still probably see a few raindrops today, with a few snowflakes up high. Models show .2” precip this morning (I think we’ll see less) and .1” tonight, for a little new snow up high and a little snow mixed with rain down low (although, the temp is 32 at 7000’ right now, so rain is more likely). Anyway, wind today will be NW 10-20, going to W 15-20 in the evening. Honestly, at this point, a trace of rain on the snow is better than snow on snow, as it’ll keep the corn snow corn and not spring sticky snow.
Tomorrow looks cloudy with a few flurries in the morning and midday with a chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon and clearing in the evening. The freezing level will be 4000’ pretty much all day, with SW wind at 15-20 early, 20-25 midday and 10-15 in the evening. No snow accumulation.
Friday looks partly cloudy on Mt. Hood, with a chance of flurries in the morning and the freezing level at 4000’ early, rising to 5500’ in the afternoon. Wind will be E 10-15 early, swinging to NW 10-15 in the afternoon as high pressure starts to build off the coast. No snow accumulation.
Saturday sees high pressure building off the coast, which will give us solid NW wind on Mt. Hood along with a chance for a few orographic flurries mixed with sunbreaks. The freezing level will be around 1500’ (possibly lower in the morning) with NW wind at 30-35 all day, finally fading overnight as the coastal high pressure weakens. No significant snow accumulation.
For the Gorge wind forecast, we’ll have westerlies at 15-18 near Hood River today with 23-26 out in the desert this afternoon. Tomorrow brings gusty 15-18, as an upper level low sits off the coast. Friday looks light, with westerlies starting to build late in the day. Saturday looks like a weak version of classic Gorge, so call it 23-26 east of the cloud line with gusty 15-18 under the clouds. Strongest and steadiest wind will probably be at Doug’s/Maryhill on Saturday. The Columbia is currently at 314,000cfs, meaning Rufus/Maryhill/The Wall are probably going to be washed out. The Columbia is currently The Columbia is currently 45 degrees.
In events, Saturday is a free Ellsworth Bikes demo at Syncline from 10-4. I think it’s just an excuse for Craig and Mitchell from Dirty Fingers to spend the day riding rather than fixing your bikes! Joking aside, those Ellsworth Bikes are really, really fun, so make a point to head out there and try one for free. Sunday is Hood River Appreciation Day at Meadows.
Have a great day today!
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