Friday’s forecast: tryin’ the snow forecast the night before as promised…

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The Forecast

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

After a mostly dry week, we’re in for a few days of light to moderate snowfall. Let’s take a look at Friday. The mountain starts overcast and dry with a mix of hardpack and frozen granular snow. Light snowfall beings by sunrise and picks up overnight. The snow level will be 5000′ in the morning and will drop to 3500′ from mid-morning on. About 0.15-0.2” water equivalent (WE) is forecast during the day, for 1-2” new snow. Overnight, about 0.3” WE is forecast, for about 3” of moderate-quality fresh. Wind: SSW 20-35 early building to SW 20-40 in the afternoon and evening.

Saturday brings light snowfall for most of the 24 hour period, but not much accumulation. The snow level will be 3500′-4000′ all day. About 0.1” WE is forecast starting around 10am, for an inch of new during the day. A trace falls overnight. Wind: SW 20-35 in the morning, SW 10-20 in the afternoon, and SW 5-10 overnight.

Sunday starts with light snowfall and light wind, but the weather quickly turns stormy. The snow level will be 3500′ in the morning, 2000′ in the afternoon, and 1000′ overnight. About 0.7” WE is forecast during the day, for 6-8” new snow. Overnight, another 0.2” to 0.3” WE is forecast. Wind: totally chill to start the day: SW 5-10. By the afternoon, the wind builds to NW 45-55. That’ll shut down a good portion of the lifts. Overnight, the wind drops to 35-45.

Monday looks mostly sunny and then high overcast. The snow level will be about 1500′, and will rise to 6500′ overnight. The wind drops from NW 40 in the morning to NW 20 in the afternoon and W 10 overnight. Models suggest a dry and high overcast day on Tuesday with above-freezing temps. Enjoy!  


Gorge Wind Forecast

Easterlies stick around for Friday and Saturday before westerlies show up for a couple of days. Expect E 25-30 from Rooster to Stevenson on Friday morning. Afternoon wind turns to W10-15 at Rooster and E 10 at Stevenson. Thursday river flow readings were 116-137kcfs, river temp was 38F, and high temp forecast was 44F. Saturday starts with E 10-15 from Rooster to Stevenson. Afternoon wind rises to 20-30 at Rooster and holds at 15 at Stevenson. High temp: 45F. Maybe. Probably lower. Sunday starts with E 5-10 at Rooster and E 10-15 at Cascade Locks. Guess what happens later? W 21-24 west of The Dalles and W 28-32 to the east. High temp: 45F.  

Jones, Sauvie Island, Coast – Done for the Season


Hood River Weather Forecast

Overcast sky Friday morning gives way to wet snow for a little while and then rain. Temps will be in the low30’s early and upper 30’s later. Easterlies. No rainbows. Saturday will be drizzly from mid-morning through late afternoon. Temps will be in the mid 30’s early and mid 40’s later. Easterlies. No rainbows. Sunday will be rainy then shower. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and mid 40’s later. Easterlies or calm wind early. Moderate to strong 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!
There’s a giant, all-hands-on-deck HRATS Family Man cleanup happening on Feb 4th. Please bring wheelbarrows and snacks. 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. 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.  


Freeze-thaw warning: trails that froze last night and are exposed to open air (sun or not) are likely to thaw today. If you ride in the mud, you’ll do significant and permanent damage to the trail bed. 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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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.