The western Gorge got a pretty good drenching last night, and rain showers will continue this morning, ending by early afternoon. However, Hood River didn’t get much of a drenching, meaning the mountain bike trails are still dry. How can this be?!?!! With the passage of the cold front that’s making this rain, west wind will pick up to 21-24 from Rowena east to Arlington this afternoon.
High pressure builds in tonight, and that sets up up for east winds tomorrow, we’ll start off with light easterlies early, quickly building to 22-25 by midday from Rooster Rock to Stevenson, and then picking up into the 25-28 range in the afternoon. The rest of the Gorge, from The Tunnels out to The Dalles, will see east wind in the 5-10 range in the afternoon.
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The easterlies stick around on Thursday morning, blowing in the 22-25 range early, and then fading by early afternoon.
If you’re a dirt biker, there are a couple of things going on. There’s a KTM demo at Washougal on Wednesday. If you’d like to go, visit your favorite KTM dealer for an invite. Also, the Northwest Area Trails have been upgraded to fire level two from fire level three, meaning they are now open for riding. Middle Mountain, east and south areas remain closed, according to Columbia Gorge Offroad Association.
If you prefer bikes, reports are that the recent rain has made Falls Creek and Lewis River nearly perfect for riding. And don’t forget that this week is the last Post and Pint ride of the season, so make sure you’re at Dirty Fingers this Thursday evening.