Friday: gloom in the Gorge, sun up above, perfect skate skiing conditions at Meadows

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The Forecast

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

Intermittent high clouds are the forecast for the next couple of days, and then we move into a stormier day on Sunday. Unfortunately, our friendly models have backed way off on precipitation totals for this storm system. Will it be enough to change the snow surface from granular/corn to packed powder. Not everywhere, that’s for sure, and then we go back into another rather dry period. Before I forget… the skate skiing yesterday was off the charts good. If that’s your thing, get up there today!

Friday starts out sunny as could be. Models suggest some intermittent high clouds move in this afternoon before clear sky returns overnight. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be 10,000′ through the day and will fall to 7000′ overnight. Temps on the slopes will be in the mid to upper 30’s. Wind: SW 5-15 for the 24 hour period.

Models suggest Saturday will have partial high overcast in the morning, high overcast sky midday, and partial high overcast in the evening. The FAF will be 7000′ all day and will fall to 6000′ ahead of the incoming storm system after midnight. Wind: SW 5-15 in the morning, SW 10-25 in the afternoon, and W 25 after midnight.

Sunday starts cloudy. Snow moves in midday and sticks around through the evening. The snow level will be 6000′ early, 5000′ when the precip hits, 3500′ in the afternoon, and 1000′-1500′ after midnight. Models call for an inch or so of snow before sunset followed by 0.3” to 0.6” water equivalent (WE) overnight, for 3-6” new snow. Strong west wind overnight could add to that total, so let’s call it 4-8”. Wind: W 25 in the morning, W 40 in the afternoon, and W 45 after midnight.

Lingering snow flurries on Monday morning give way to clear sky in the afternoon. The snow level will be 1000′-1500′ during the day and will fall to the surface under clear sky overnight. As of now, we’re not expecting any measurable snowfall, but that could change. Wind: W 45 in the morning, NNW 15-25 in the afternoon, and NW 5-10 after midnight. Clear sky and light wind is the forecast for Tuesday with the freezing level around 1000′. Dry weather is forecast for the mid to extended range as well. Have a great day!

Note on wind speeds. Different wind directions are experienced in different ways on Mt. Hood. For example, west wind at 50mph will hit the slopes and exposed ridges at W 50. SW 50 may hit the ridges at SW 50, but will likely only be SW 20 below tree line. Hence the ranges for wind. Depends where you are on the mountain. Hopefully that helps clarify.  

Gorge Wind Forecast

It’s nuking at Rooster again this morning, and this is your last chance to get blow over standing on the beach. Current wind speed is 50g80. You’ll find 30-40 at Stevenson, 20-30 at Viento, and 5-10 to the east. Afternoon wind drops to 35-40 at Rooster, 25-30 at Stevenson, 20-25 at Viento, and goes calm to the east. River flow is 159kcfs, river temp is 37F, and high temp forecast is 39F.  

Coast, Jones, Coast

Done until spring, unless there’s an obvious Coast or Sauvie’s or Jones day.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Gloomy weather continues as the Nothing sticks around. Temps will be in the low-mid 30’s early and mid 30’s later. Easterlies. No rainbows. Saturday will be the same, although it’s possible (unlikely) that the Nothing could partially break up. Temps will be in the low-mid 30’s early and upper 30’s later. Easterlies. No rainbows. Sunday starts with Nothing and then turns cloudy with a bit of light rain possible but not guaranteed. Temps start in the low 30’s and end in the upper 30’s. Calm wind. No rainbows.

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FREEZE-THAW ALERT: if you notice that temps were below freezing last night and will be above freezing today, don’t ride any trail that’s not under a tree canopy. If you do so, you WILL do significant damage. DON’T DO IT! Plentiful rain recently means most tree-covered trails are muddy. Please don’t ride them either. If you do, you’ll be doing significant and possibly permanent damage. No really, please don’t. There are lots of gravel roads and lots of pavement you can ride instead. Enjoy!  

Local Events

Please let me know about events. I often only hear about them if you folx let me know!

Ferment’s Tuesday night 4-mile walk/run is back. Meet there at 6pm. At 7:15am on Wednesdays, there’s a run from the White Salmon Bakery. There’s a night-lit shop mountain bike ride with the Mountain View Cycles crew at Syncline on Wednesday evenings at 5:45pm.  

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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.