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Mt. Hood Forecast
The weather is so unpleasant on Mt. Hood this morning, and the icing is so bad, that Timberline and Meadows (which is running on generator power) have both chosen to close for the day. Messy, windy, ice-accumulating conditions continue until this evening when the mixed precip switches to snow. Rest of the week: snowy Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Sunny and cool on Wednesday. Sunny and warmer on Saturday and Sunday.
Looking at the details on Monday, we see all the lift maintenance people groaning. The snow level will be 6500′ early, 5500′ this afternoon, 3500′ in the evening, and 1000′ after midnight. About 0.7” water equivalent is forecast today (maybe more, thanks to orographics) which will fall as mixed precip. Another 0.7” is forecast overnight. The bulk of that falls during the transition from rain to snow. Let’s call it 2-3” of new snow with the rest as some sort of sloppy winter mix. Wind: W 50-55 all day, WNW 50-60 in the evening, and NW 40-45 after midnight.
It’s going to take some time for lifts to get deiced on Tuesday morning. Expect a delayed start at the resorts. The snow level will be 1000′ in the morning, 1500′ in the afternoon, and 1000′ overnight. 0.1” WE is forecast during the day, for an inch of new. Another 0.3” to 0.4” WE is predicted overnight, which gives us 3-5” powder. Wind: NW 40-45 early, W 35 in the afternoon, and N 15 overnight.
Wednesday looks partly cloudy to start, clear most of the day, and cloudy overnight. The free air freezing level will be 1000′ in the morning, 3000′ in the afternoon, and 4000′ overnight. Wind: N 15 early, E 10 in the afternoon, and WSW 20-35 overnight.
Snow starts up around 7am on Thursday and continues through Friday. The (effective) snow level will be 4000′ in the morning, 1500′ in the afternoon, and 2000′ after midnight. 0.5” WE falls during the day as 5-6” powder. 0.4” additional WE arrives overnight. That’s 4-5” fluffy new snow. Wind: WSW 20-35 early, W 50 (causing problems with lifts) midday, WNW 45-50 in the evening, and WNW 55-60 after midnight. Friday looks like full on storm skiing: super windy with plenty of snow flying. It may be windy enough to shut down all the detachable lifts at all of the resorts, and could even be windy enough for area closures. Much mellower weather is in the forecast for the weekend. Have fun!
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
Westerlies stick around for most of the next 7 days thanks to very strong offshore high pressure. Looking at Monday, it’s W 10-15 most places with 30ish near Viento. The wind stays relatively light (5-10mph) in the central Gorge and picks up to 24-28 (plus rain) west of Swell and east of The Dalles. River flow is 133kcfs, river temp is 37 degrees, and high temp forecast is 51F.
Tuesday starts with 10-15 east and west wind 5-10 in the central Gorge. Afternoon wind picks up to gusty 13-16 (plus rain) in the west with 24-28 east of The Dalles. Wednesday is the lightest day of the next week: westerlies at 5-8 in the morning and easterlies at 10-15 near Stevenson in the afternoon. As of this morning, Thursday (late) and Friday both look like very strong westerly wind days.
Coast, Jones, Sauvie’s
As needed until next spring and summer.
Hood River Weather Forecast
Light rain sticks around all day. Temps will be in the upper 40’s early and low 50’s later. Light westerlies. 39% chance of rainbows. Tuesday looks drizzly. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and mid 40’s later. Light westerlies. 39% chance of rainbows. Wednesday looks dry and sunny. Temps will be near 30 early and in the mid or upper 40’s later. Light and variable wind. No rainbows.
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We are in winter riding season, and the trails are apt to be fragile. If it was below freezing last night and is above freezing now, don’t ride. If it was below freezing last night and it is sunny now, don’t ride unless you are under a tree canopy for the entire ride. Freeze-thaw conditions, when ridden upon, result in permanent trail damage. Please consider doing something else, perhaps riding a gravel road in the trees or going to the mountain. Thank you!
Sprinter Van of the Week!
Weekly events: The Kainos Coffee run happens in The Dalles every Tuesday morning at 6am. There are sailboat races at the Hood River Marina every Wednesday evening. Dirty Fingers has a group mountain bike ride (bring lights) Wednesday nights at 5:30pm. Cheno has an outdoor HIIT workout at Griffin House in Hood River at 6pm on Wednesday nights. There is a BLM rally every Tuesday evening at 5:30 at the Salmon Fountain in Hood River, and there’s a White Coats for BLM rally every Thursday at noon at 12th and May in Hood River. Have an awesome day!