Friday: another big powder weekend for Mt. Hood!

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The Forecast

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

It’s going to be quite the weekend of snowfall on Mt. Hood, so wax up your powder boards. And powder it will be – cold temps will keep the snow light and fluffy. For you Nordic folks, this weekend is the end of the season for Meadows Nordic. They have an end of season party planned on Sunday. Teacup goes to weekend-only grooming starting this weekend.

Ok. Friday’s weather. It’s cold and windy up there now, and some orographic flurries are happening. The wind is way outdoing the models for whatever reason. We start the day with a couple inches of new snow from last night. The snow level will be 1500′ in the morning, 2500′ in the afternoon, and 1500′ after midnight. Up to 0.1” water equivalent (WE) is forecast during the day, for up to an inch of snow. Overnight, models call for up to 1.1” WE for 10-13” powder. Wind: W 40 this morning. Given that forecasts called for SW 15-30, let’s just stick with W 30-40 all the way through Saturday morning.

Saturday will be windy and snowy. The snow level will be 1500′ in the morning, 2000′ in the afternoon, and 1000-1500′ overnight. During the day, 0.4” WE is forecast. Given orographic enhancement, let’s call that 4-7” powder. Overnight, another 0.7” WE is forecast. Orographics lessen just a bit, so let’s call that 7-8” dry powder. Wind: W 30-35 all day long, W 25 in the evening, and SW 20-30 overnight.

Snow continues on Sunday. The snow level will be 0-1500′ early, 1500′ in the afternoon, and 0-500′ overnight. About 0.3” WE is forecast during the day. That 3-4” dry powder. Overnight, another 0.6” WE is forecast. That’s 6-8” dry powder. Wind: SW 15-30 in the morning, W 20 in the afternoon, and NW 15-25 overnight. A few more inches of snow are forecast between Monday and Tuesday. After that, models suggest a drying and warming trend and perhaps an end to powder season and the start of spring skiing. Have a fabulous weekend of powder skiing!  


Gorge Wind Forecast

Westerlies stick around for a while. Friday starts with 5-15 all through the Gorge. Afternoon wind rises to gusty 12-15 in the west and gusty 18-023 east of The Dalles. River flow readings yesterday were 83-128kcrs, river temp is 44F, and high temp forecast is 52F. Saturday starts with W 7-10 all through the Gorge. Afternoon wind picks up to gusty 14-17 from Stevenson to The Dalles with gusty 22-25 from The Dalles to Arlington. High temp: 49F. Sunday starts calm. Afternoon westerlies pick up to gusty 17-21 from Stevenson to Arlington with intermittent drizzle falling to The Dalles. Head east for the best results. High temp: just 46F. Westerlies of some sort are likely Monday.  

Jones, Sauvie Island, Coast – Done for the Season


Hood River Weather Forecast

Clouds this morning add intermittent sprinkles and then moderate rain overnight. Temps will be in the mid 40’s early and low 50’s later. Light to moderate westerlies. 46% chance of rainbows. Saturday will be drizzly in the morning with sun breaks mid afternoon and rain overnight. Temps start in the upper 30’s and rise to the upper 40’s. Light westerlies early. Moderate later. 94% chance of rainbows. Sunday will be rainy early then showery. Temps start in the low-mid 30’s (wet snow is possible early) and rise to the mid 40’s. Calm wind early. Moderate westerlies later. 99% chance of rainbows.

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Local-ish Events

Please let me know of outdoor-related local-ish events. If you don’t tell me, I don’t know!
The Meadows Strava Nordic race started 3/17. The Women’s Adventure Film Festival plays Wednesday the 29th at the Skylight Theater in Hood River. There is a bike swap at Beargrass Bicycles on April 1st. Sellers check in at 9am. Swap 10am-1pm. April 2nd is an end-of-season party at Meadows Nordic. April 15th at 10am is the “Run with the Wild 5k” fun run to support the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.

Regular weekly events: NK Studios in Bingen has a donation-based yoga class at 7:30am every Tuesday. Ferment’s Tuesday night 4-mile walk/run is at 6pm. There’s meditation with monks at 5:15pm (an hour) and 6:30pm (30 minutes plus a talk) at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon. 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 Fridays at 2:30pm, there’s a free meditation and stretching class at Yoga Samadhi. On Saturday at 9am, there’s a by-donation outdoor group fitness on the 2rd floor deck about Ferment Brewing. 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.  


Cows are going in soon on Hospital Hill. That means dogs are no longer allowed. Even if your dog is cool. Even if you’re a local. Even if … you get the picture! Hospital Hill is private land. Please respect the wishes of the landowners – they’re generous enough to let folks use that land, and dogs have been shot there before. On to trails… It’s muddy – we got over half an inch of rain on Tuesday. Please don’t ride muddy trails, or you’ll do permanent damage. 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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By Temira

Temira Lital is a recreation and travel weather forecaster based in Hood River, Oregon. Temira uses they/them pronouns. They're also a mental health counselor. Temira bikes, skis, windsurfs, paddles a SUP, swims in mountain lakes, and loves gardening. Most recently they've taken up SUP foiling. Temira is powered by La Croix, protein, and beets.