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Friday: stormy on the slopes Friday and Saturday. Brilliant sunshine after that.

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The Forecast

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Friday
3500′->1500′
Saturday
1500′->0′
Sunday
0′

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

It’s a brutally windy morning on Mt. Hood, as anticipated. High wind will likely affect lift ops and also scatter the falling snow unevenly across the slopes. After today’s snowstorm, the incoming weather switches directions and brings much colder air with a shot at a couple inches of easterly orographic snow on Saturday. Sunday looks sunny, very cold, and quite windy. Monday: sunny, warmer, and light wind. Lifts will likely be affected at meadows today (Friday) and at Timberline on Sunday unless the wind forecast for Sunday changes.

Let’s dive in to Friday. We have a weather system pushing in from the NW, which is the ideal direction for snow accumulation on Mt. Hood. There’s not all that much moisture around, but the orographics will do their best! The snow level starts at 3500′ and falls to 1500′ overnight. Up to 0.6” water equivalent (WE) is forecast today, for up to 6” new snow. Overnight: 0.1” WE at most, for up to an inch. Add in some tree litter! Wind will be NW 40-50 this morning, NW 30-40 this afternoon, NNW 20-30 this evening, and NW 15-20 overnight.

Saturday starts off with sunshine. By mid-morning, cold air drives in from the NNE and builds some orographic clouds along with light snowfall. Overnight, the sky clears. Models do not handle this well at all. Let’s go with this… the snow level will be 1500′ in the morning and will fall to 0′ in the afternoon or evening as 850mb temps (5000′) drop from -4C in the morning to -11C in the afternoon to -16C overnight. About 0.05” to 0.2” WE is forecast for a trace to a couple inches of fluffy new snow. Wind will be NW 15-20 early, E 10-15 through the afternoon, and ENE 35 overnight.

Sunday will be sunny, cold, windy, and super-dry. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be 0′ all day with 850mb temps (5000′) at -16C (single digits F) in the morning, -13C in the afternoon, and -7C overnight. No precip. Wind will be ENE 35 in the morning, ENE 25-30 int eh afternoon, and E 10 overnight. East wind really affects Timberline (not so much Meadows or Skibowl), so check the website before you go. Wind chill will be frigid, so make sure to cover up exposed skin.

Monday looks warmer as 850mb temps rise from -7C early to -1C int eh afternoon. Sunshine sticks around all day. Wind: E 10 int eh morning, W 10 int eh afternoon, and W 15 overnight. Tuesday also looks dry, as does the rest of the week. Temps warm each day and should be above freezing on the slopes by Wednesday. Have a great day today!  

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Gorge Wind Forecast

Yesterday was a wickedly windy day, at least for the middle of winter. Hopefully some of you got out. We’ll have another round of strong westerlies today as offshore high pressure holds. You may have to travel a bit to the east to get it. We start Friday with pressures of 30.31/30.18/30.08 (.13/.10) and westerlies in the 25-30 range from Rufus eastward. Morning wind holds at 25ish near Viento with gusty 5-15 between Swell and Doug’s. IN other words, it’s lighter where it’s cloudy and drizzly. As the clouds burn back, the wind settles at gusty 25-29 from Viento to Avery with 20-23 at Rufus and 17-20 at Arlington. Rufus may overperform. River flow reading this morning: 144kcfs (two sits inaccessible). River temp: 40F. High temp forecast : 46F.

Saturday starts with W 10-13 prior to dawn. Cold air surges in from the NNE and turns the wind easterly by mid-morning. We’ll see E 15-30 from Hood River eastward with 10-15 west of Hood River for the morning. Afternoon wind rises to E 20-30 all the way from Rooster to Arlington. High temp; 40F and falling in the afternoon. Sunday’s easterlies extend way up into the mountains thanks to a very deep cold pool. Rooster will be 30-50, Stevenson 25-40, Viento 20-25, and everywhere to the east 10-20. Afternoon wind settles at 30-40 at Rooster and 20-25 at Stevenson with continued 10-20 to the east. High temp: 29F.  

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Hood River Weather Forecast

Mostly cloudy sky with intermittent drizzle this morning turns partly cloudy this afternoon and clear overnight. Temps will be in the mid 40’s all day. Strong westerlies. 100% chance of rainbows. Saturday will be partly cloudy early and will likely add some light snow mid-morning. Temps start in the upper 30’s and fall during the day. Moderate easterlies. No rainbows. Sunday will be sunny and cold. Temps start in the upper teens and rise to the upper 20’s. Moderate to strong easterlies. No rainbows.

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Local-ish Events


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There’s a giant, all-hands-on-deck HRATS Family Man cleanup happening on Saturday, 1/28 from 10am-3pm. Second chance: Feb 4th. Please bring wheelbarrows and snacks. Regular weekly events: Ferment’s Tuesday night 4-mile walk/run is at 6pm. At 7:15am on Wednesdays, there’s a run from the White Salmon Bakery. At 7am on Friday morning, there’s a run from Pine Street Bakery. On Friday’s at 2:30pm, there’s a free meditation and stretching class (brand new) at Yoga Samadhi. There’s a weekly group paddle to the Event Site on Sunday at 11 am followed by a free pint at the fire pit at Ferment. That’s the “Paddle n’ Pint”. Also: Wednesday Paddle Sprints at the Event Site at Noon. The sprint course is 2 two laps around the sailing buoy near Wells Island and back – 3.5 miles.  

Cycling

Be thoughtful about your riding choices as we enter this dry period. If it was below freezing the night before your ride, don’t ride trails that are exposed to the open air. Those trails will have freeze-thaw conditions, and you’ll do major damage. Consider gravel riding! If you’re parking at Post Canyon, you will need a parking pass. Those can be purchased at many local shops or online.  

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Thursday: sun on the slopes, wind in the Gorge. Up next: cold weather!

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The Forecast

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
4a-8a 8a-12p 12p-4p 4p-8p 8p-4a
Thursday
10,000′->2500′
Friday
2500′->1500′
Saturday
1500′->0′

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

It’s Thursday, and a warm and sunny day is on tap for the slopes. Stormy, snowy weather is forecast all day Friday followed by easterly orographic snow on Saturday. After that: a couple days of frigid temps. Sunday holds the potential for very strong wind and very cold weather with sub-zero wind chill. After that: a slow warmup into differing model forecasts. The general picture keeps dry weather around til the end of next week.

Call it “spring skiing” on Thursday, and wax warm. Unless you’re a Nordic skier… those trails are below the inversion and are starting the day in the 20’s. We’ll see sunshine all day long. The free air freezing level starts at 10,000′, falls to 8500′, and drops to 2500′ overnight. Temps max out in the low 40’s at 5000′. Wind will be NW 20-25 this morning, NW 30-40 this afternoon, and NW 45-50 overnight.

Wind could affect lift ops on Friday morning as a properly-sourced (NW is always the right direction for storms on Mt. Hood!) cold front whacks Mt. Hood. The snow level will be 2500′ during the day and will fall to 1000′ overnight. About 0.4” to 0.5” water equivalent (WE) is forecast during the day, for 4-6” wind-affected new snow. We could see reality overperform. Overnight, the air dries out some, thanks to the orographics wringing out all the moisture. Just a trace is forecast. Wind: NW 45-50 early (will affect lift ops), NW 25-35 in the afternoon (may affect lift ops), and N 10+ after midnight. Meadows does particularly poorly in NW wind. Check their website before heading up.

Saturday’s forecast is interesting. An arctic front swings in from the NNE and brings very cold air. It will probably have just enough lift and moisture to drive some easterly orographic snowfall during the day. Let’s guess, shall we? How about 1-3” from the opposite-to-normal direction. The snow level will be 1500′ in the morning, 5000′ in the afternoon, and 0′ overnight. 850Mb (5000′) temps fall from -5C in the morning to -12C in the afternoon to -16C (brr!) overnight. Wind: N 10+ in the morning, E 15-20 in the afternoon, and E 35 overnight.

Sunday looks clear, very dry, very windy, and very cold. Temps will be in the single digits much of the day, and wind chills will be well below zero. But hey, the sun will be out! East wind is forecast at 35mph all day long, and it won’t fade until the night. Timberline’s lifts do not handle east winds well; check their website before heading up. For whatever reason, Meadows tends to survive the easterlies better. Still. Check. And plan to cover up all your exposed skin so it doesn’t freeze. Temps on the mountain (but not in the lowlands) warm some on Monday for a brilliant, sunny day on the slopes! Enjoy this not-boring mountain weather!  

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Gorge Wind Forecast

Very strong offshore high pressure this morning contributes to big Gorge gradients this afternoon (It’s Thursday). We start with pressures of 30.66/30.60/30.57 for gradients of 0.06 and 0.03. Just wait. Westerlies pick up to 26-30+ from Stevenson to Doug’s this afternoon with 15-18 at Biggs (but be prepared for the potential for a forecast-beating result out there) and 10mph or less to the east. River flow reading this morning (just one today) is 112kcfs, river temp is 39F, and high temp forecast is 49F. We do have significant marine cloud penetration this morning, but models are insistent that will burn off. If it doesn’t, watch Rufus for best results. And stop at Amayah’s Indian food cart for lunch!

Friday starts with 17-20 from Stevenson to Viento, 11-14 from Viento to Doug’s, and 24-27 The Dalles to Arlington. Stevenson to Doug’s settle in at 17-20, and Avery to Arlington holds at 24-27. High temp: 46F. Saturday starts with light easterlies. A cold front sweeps in from the NNE and turns the wind to E 15-25 everywhere in the Gorge: up down, east, west, north, south. Rooster eventually picks up to 30-35.  

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Hood River Weather Forecast

Partly cloudy sky this morning turns clear this afternoon and cloudy overnight. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and upper 40’s later. Strong westerlies. No rainbows. Friday will be drizzly. Temps start in the upper 30’s and rise to the mid 40’s. Moderate westerlies. 99% chance of rainbows. Saturday will bring light rain then light snow. Or maybe the timing will be right for snow all day. 1-3” if it happens. Temps start in the upper 30’s and rise to the low 40’s. Moderate easterlies. No rainbows.

Looking for a complete Columbia Gorge forecast? Looking for more humor in your weather? Obscenities? You’re looking for my TATAS: Temira’s Awesome Travel Advisory Service on Facebook.  

Local-ish Events


Please let me know of outdoor-related local-ish events. If you don’t tell me, I don’t know!
There’s a giant, all-hands-on-deck HRATS Family Man cleanup happening on Saturday, 1/28 from 10am-3pm. Second chance: Feb 4th. Please bring wheelbarrows and snacks. Regular weekly events: Ferment’s Tuesday night 4-mile walk/run is at 6pm. At 7:15am on Wednesdays, there’s a run from the White Salmon Bakery. At 7am on Friday morning, there’s a run from Pine Street Bakery. On Friday’s at 2:30pm, there’s a free meditation and stretching class (brand new) at Yoga Samadhi. There’s a weekly group paddle to the Event Site on Sunday at 11 am followed by a free pint at the fire pit at Ferment. That’s the “Paddle n’ Pint”. Also: Wednesday Paddle Sprints at the Event Site at Noon. The sprint course is 2 two laps around the sailing buoy near Wells Island and back – 3.5 miles.  

Cycling

Be thoughtful about your riding choices as we enter this dry period. If it was below freezing the night before your ride, don’t ride trails that are exposed to the open air. Those trails will have freeze-thaw conditions, and you’ll do major damage. Consider gravel riding! If you’re parking at Post Canyon, you will need a parking pass. Those can be purchased at many local shops or online.  

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Have an awesome day!