Haloween Mt. Hood rain, Gorge wind and events

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 October 31, 2012

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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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It’s a lovely morning out there today, with low clouds and fog and sprinkles and a generally wintry look to the world, other than the 55 degree reading on the thermometer. That’s rather springlike.

This weather will continue today, with rain increasing after noon and decreasing after 5pm. Tomorrow looks rainy during the day, with decreasing rain in the evening. Friday starts out sunny, with high clouds moving in late in the day. Saturday will likely be cloudy, mostly dry, with occasional showers.

In wind news, you’ll have a chance tomorrow midday into the afternoon, as westerlies fire up through the gorge. Expect it to be gusty and inconsistent. Wind speeds will hit 26-30 tomorrow east of Hood River, with a brief period of useable wind in the central Gorge too.

On the mountain, the Pineapple Express continues, although rainfall amounts will decrease today. Not that it matters… the snow we were skinning and skiing on last week is completely melted away. The snow level this morning will be 10,000, falling to 8000′ by 2pm and 6500′ by 11pm. Precip today includes .3” by 5pm and .1” by 5am. Wind today will be SW 30-35 early, picking up to SW 40 late in the evening.

Tomorrow morning sees the snow level at 6500′ in the morning, falling to 6000′ in the afternoon, when some wet flakes might start falling at the higher ski areas. Mt. Hood gets .5” of water value by 5pm, followed by showers. Let’s just call it all rain at 5000′, with an inch or two of wet snow higher up. Wind Thursday will be SW 45-50 early, swinging to a delightful W 40 around 2pm and slowly dropping to WNW 20 by 8pm.

Friday, finally, starts out clear and sunny. High clouds move in during the afternoon. The snow level will be at 6000′ early, rising to 9000′ mid-afternoon. Wind will be SW 15-20. Some sprinkles may fall overnight Friday into Saturday. On Saturday, the snow level will be around 9000′, with a few orographic rain showers keeping the dirt on Mt. Hood nice and moist.

In events this weekend, it’s the annual HRVHS ski swap both Saturday and Sunday, but you know the best bargains will be at the early bird shopping at 7:30am Saturday morning. Also Saturday morning, three trail work parties: one working on motorized trails (like Dirt Surfer and Borderline), meeting at 8:30am at Binn’s Hill Staging Area. The second work party is at the White Salmon Bike Park at 9am. The third is at Syncline. The weather should be good for working on dirt, and it should be dry enough to ride your bike after you work!

On Saturday night, the Hood River Area Trail Stewards have a mountain bike movie premiere at the Pint Shack at 7pm. You’ll want to be there to support the organization that supports your trails. Also, there are great raffle prizes. And a movie. A pretty sweet mountain biking movie!

Have an awesome day today!