1/12 Mt. Hood sun, Gorge weather, and some 50 degree temps on the way

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 January 12, 2013

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Good morning,

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Up on Mt. Hood, there’s really not much to talk about right now. The sky will be clear this morning with some high overcast mid-morning and clear sky again late. The freezing level will be at 0′, aka ‘the surface’ with temps rising maybe into the teens. Wind will be calm to light out of a north or northeasterly direction.

Sunday looks clear and dry and cold, with high clouds mid-morning and north wind at 15-20.

Monday looks clear and cold, with periods of partly cloudy sky and north wind at 20-30. Late Monday evening, warm air moves in. By Tuesday morning, temps should be well above freezing from 0′-10,000′. And that’s how the weather will stay all week. Expect spring skiing the entire week from Tuesday on.

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Oh my gosh. This forecast just gets more and more boring, so I’ve had to do some research on current biking conditions to spice up the report. Syncline has entered the freeze-thaw cycle, with below-freezing temps at night and above-freezing temps during the day. Past the fenceline was already slick and muddy from the freeze-thaw yesterday, and the rest of Sycline will quickly join in, so please leave newly constructed trails alone to avoid doing damage. So, you say, where should I ride? If you can handle cold conditions, the Gorge #400 is open and clear. Ride west out of Wyeth for 4 miles (one-way) of mostly snow-free singletrack. Ride out of Cascade Locks for 6 miles of mixed singletrack and gravel road. As of yesterday, the Wyeth section was still frozen solid, and therefore safe to ride. No, you cannot legally connect the two sections of trail, as the PCT is the connector.

In Gorge weather, expect partly cloudy sky today. Tomorrow, despite east wind at 15-18, also looks clear. Monday’s sounding model shows gloomy weather in the Gorge, but the weather should clear again by Tuesday. We might even get lucky Monday with sunshine if the very strong high pressure off the coast can out-high-pressure the very strong high pressure in the desert and give us west wind. Oh please let that happen! If you need to be warm, head west starting Tuesday, because it’s going to be cold in the Gorge and sunny and near 50 at the coast!

Have an awesome day today!