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Now that October is gone and Halloween has gone the way of the ghosts and zombies, winter is about to arrive. The weather should be decent through late afternoon, but come evening, a nasty old cold front will swing through the Gorge.
The snow level will drop from 6000’ around 5pm to 3500’ by 11pm, and then all the way down to 1500’-2000’ by Thursday morning. We’ll see 3-4” of snow over 4500’ with a trace at lower elevations where the ground is warmer. Next chance for significant snow in the mountains is Saturday.
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In wind news, we’ll see strong east wind (it’s blowing 43 at Rooster Rock right now) this morning, switching to west wind at 15-18 by 1pm. Expect the westerlies to pick up first at Steveson, blow themselves out quickly near Hood River, and then fill in to Arlington. Thursday brings light wind. Friday starts off light, picking up to west 15-18 in the afternoon.
Coming up this weekend, there are another two trail work parties. There’s a party at the east end of Cascade Locks on a 1.5-2 mile section of trail. On Sunday, we’ll be rerouting the bit of Syncline trail that runs on private land, hopefully ending future conflicts with hunters camping near the Brown House. If you ride or run Syncline, please show up!
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