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There was some craziness on the Columbia River yesterday, especially at Rowena and Maryhill, where liquid smoke blew 10 feet high across the river. My friend Morgan and I sailed with Julia at T** W***, where 3.2 was a bit big. If you’re thinking of heading out, remember that it’s quite chilly out there; the river is now at 54 degrees.
Today brings west wind at 26-30 east of the low clouds, probably Rowena to Threemile. Tomorrow looks light. Wednesday brings east wind at 21-24. Because of the east wind pulling cold air in from the desert, there’s a decent chance we’ll see some snowflakes in Hood River from this system. In addition, if the low pressure center stays off the coast as predicted, the easterlies may hold a long time, giving us a longer potential snow period. On top of that, if we don’t get snow in the Gorge from this system, we’ll most likely get it early next week.
Moving on to snow in the mountains, we’ll see the snow level at 4000’ this morning, dropping to 2000’ tonight with .3-.4” WV, for 3-5” of new snow. Mt. Hood wind will be WNW 40-50 early, going to 25-35 in the afternoon.
Tomorrow looks partly cloudy to clear on Mt. Hood, with light wind and the freezing level at 2000’.
I am truly sorry to say that Wednesday looks like a mess on Mt. Hood. It looks great if you’re a kayaker hoping for more water in your favorite river. The snow level starts off at 3000’ with SW wind at 15-20. When the system hits around 1pm, the snow level rises to 5000’, rising further to 6500’ with the bulk of the moisture. We’ll start with wet snow, switching to rain at 5000’, with 1-2” of the wet stuff.
Fortunately, by 4am Thursday, the snow level will be back down around 3000’, dropping to 1000’ by 10am, with 1” of WV during the day, for 12-14” of new snow in blizzard conditions, with the wind at W 50-55.
Friday-Tuesday look cold and snowy. Chance of Meadows in the next two weeks: 90%. Skibowl: 60%.
Don’t forget that tomorrow night is fundraiser night for the Meadows avalanche dog program. Everybody’s Brewing, White Salmon, starting at 5pm. Awesome raffle prizes. See you there!
Have an awesome day today!
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