4/20 Forecast

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 April 20, 2011

Good morning!

The clouds moved in early this morning, so we have high overcast skies on the mountain. The free air freezing level (FAF) is around 1000’ right now and will rise to 4000’ this afternoon. Winds will be SW 10-20, dropping to 10-15 by 2pm. It should be dry today, but we’ll see some snow flurries starting around 11pm, for an inch or so of new snow overnight.

Flurries continue tomorrow, with the snow level at 1000’ and another 1-2” of snow. Winds tomorrow will be NW 30-35+ all day long.

Friday looks sunny. The FAF starts at 1000’ and rises to 4000’ in the afternoon. Winds will be NW 10-15 in the morning, switching to SE 15-25 in the afternoon.

Saturday starts off dry and cloudy with the FAF at 6000’ and S wind at 10-15. Precip, likely in the form of rain, moves in around noon. The precip becomes heavy overnight for .75-1.0” of (mostly) rain, becoming snow by about 2am.

Snow will fly all day Sunday with WSW wind in the 25-35 range. We’ll see a total of .5-.75” water value for 6-8” of new snow, possibly more, depending on the storm track, continuing through Sunday night. Monday looks like a nice new snow day. It looks like the jet stream will be pointed right at us for much of next week, bringing cool, wet systems. Sorry if you were hoping for sunshine. Personally, I’m okay with another powder day or two.

The wind forecast for today says light wind in the morning, switching to W 17-20 from Hood River out to Arlington by mid-afternoon as a system moves in. It’s going to be gusty today. Tomorrow looks better, with an upper low in the desert and high pressure off the coast. We’ll have 21-24 early from Doug’s to Arlington, building to 27-30 in the afternoon. Hood River and Stevenson will probably be cloudy tomorrow, meaning we’ll see gusty 16-19 in the western Gorge. Friday looks sunny and calm.

In the organized events world, for you team players, tonight is the first race of the summer for the Hood River Yacht Club. Race starts at 6:30, so be at the docks at 5:45 with a six-pack of beer if you’d like to talk your way onto a boat. Tomorrow is the first Post n’ Pint ride of the season (Dirty Fingers, 5:30, for a lap around Post Canyon) and tomorrow is also the Hood River Crit Series at the Event Site (OBRA sanctioned).

Coming up Saturday there’s another work party in Post Canyon. This one’s for everyone’s favorite trail, Seven Streams (and yes, it’s in perfect riding shape right now). Meet at 9am at the kiosk at the bottom of Post Canyon Road.

Have a great day today!