We’re back to winter for the next couple of days with wet weather and low snow levels. The snow level will drop to 5000’ by 2pm today and fall to 3000’ tomorrow. The best day for skiing will be Friday.
If you’d rather do something more seasonal like windsurfing or kiting, today looks like the best day of the next three. The wind will be light this morning, but as the low pressure system moves east mid-afternoon, the wind will pick up at Maryhill and Arlington, blowing in the 26-30 range. It’s going to happen late, and it’s only going to last a few hours, so be ready. As a matter of fact, it might not even happen at all before dark, so keep your fingers crossed, and again, be ready.
Tomorrow looks wet with light wind early. As another system moves east in the afternoon, the wind will pick up to 17-20 east of The Dalles. Friday looks light in the morning with another round of gusty 17-20 in the eastern Gorge in the afternoon. If you were wondering, the Columbia is now at 54 degrees and is flowing at 490,000 cfs which is triple the summer level.
Coming up tonight, there’s the very wet kayak shed shop paddle on the white salmon, which is around 4.5ft. There’s also sailboat racing out of Hood River. Tomorrow and Friday there will be free Ellsworth demos at Post Canyon, and this weekend’s the Super D, so you may want to avoid Mitchell Ridge and the bottom of Seven Streams.
And finally, if you’re a road rider, you’ll be happy to know the 44 road is open at least until it snows up there tomorrow and Friday.
On the river, the Hood is at 4.8 feet, and the Klickitat’s still rocking along at 3300 cfs. It’s going to be big whitewater everywhere this weekend!
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