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The Forecast

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

Too-warm weather continues through the end of this week. Colder weather moves in this weekend. After that, there’s quite a lot of spread in the ensembles of both models. Translate that to English, and we have this: there’s no guarantee temps will fall enough for significant snowfall in the next two weeks. Looking at the probability maps for total snowfall by December 11th (about two weeks from now), we see (ECMWF/GFS)) 24” at 15%/0%, 18” at 25%/0%, and 12” at 55%/25%. In other words, the start of ski season still looks pretty far out into the future.

Monday starts with rain on the mountain, transitions to sprinkles midday, turns clear in the afternoon, and adds high clouds overnight. The snow level will be 10,000′ in the morning, 6000′-7000′ midday, and 9000′ overnight. About 0.4-0.5” rain is forecast early in the morning with just a trace after that. Wind: NW 20 in the morning, SW 10-20 in the afternoon, and W 20 overnight.

Tuesday will be high overcast early with increasing clouds. A wee bit of drizzle is possible mid morning through early afternoon. The sky will turn clear overnight. Just a trace of rain will fall. Snow level: 9000′ in the morning 11,000′ in the afternoon, and 12,000′ overnight. Wind: W 20 in the morning, WNW 35-40 in the afternoon, and W 25 after midnight.

Wednesday looks sunny and warm as 850mb temps rise to 10-11C (50F) and the freezing level shoots up to 12,000′. No precip. Wind: W 25 all day. Thursday also looks dry, but temps will start to drop as a cold front approaches from the NW. Keep doing those snow dances, and keep doing your low-elevation outdoor activities while the weather is so unseasonably warm!  

Gorge Wind Forecast

The gusty and unpredictable westerlies continue Monday through Wednesday. Models suggest a better chance of consistent wind on Thursday. Monday starts with up/down 0-15 all through the Gorge with the strongest early results at Arlington. Don’t chase it. The best chance is late morning to early afternoon from Stevenson to Mosier when 11-14mph is possible. River flow is 102kcfs, river temp is 49F, and high temp forecast is 56F. Tuesday brings gusty 15-20 to the far western Gorge and possibly Cascade Locks. The rest of the Gorge will be light. High temp: 53F. Wednesday starts with light westerlies. Late in the day, possibly too late, the wind picks up to gusty 11-14 from Stevenson to Mosier. High temp: 60F. No details yet on Thursday, but models suggest wind is possible as a cold front approaches from the NW.  

Coast, Jones, Coast

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

Hood River Weather Forecast

Drizzle this morning gives way to partly to mostly cloudy sky this afternoon. Temps will be in the low 50’s early and mid 50’s later. Light westerlies. 99% chance of rainbows. Tuesday will be partial Nothing in the morning, cloudy in the afternoon, and mostly clear overnight. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and low 50’s later. Light westerlies. No rainbows. Wednesday looks sunny. Temps will be in the mid 40’s early and near 60 in the afternoon. Light westerlies. 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!  

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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.