Monday: lots of fresh snow today. Lots more on Tuesday! Yay!

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The Forecast

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

Over the last 36 hours or so, Mt. Hood picked up about 15” of new snow. That’s much needed, eh? We’ll have a blustery day on Monday with not much accumulation, and then we’re back into dumping, storm-skiing weather on Tuesday. Dry weather sticks around Wednesday and Thursday and probably through the weekend.

Monday’s weather will be mostly cloudy with some lingering orographic flurries in the morning. The snow level will be 2500′ all day and will rise to a free air freezing level of 5500′ overnight. Just a trace of snow is forecast during the day. Wind: NW 35-40 this morning, W 25-30 this afternoon, WSW 25-30 this evening, and WSW 30-35 overnight.

Snowfall kicks off Tuesday morning and intensifies in the evening as the wind shifts direction. The free air freezing level quickly drops from 5500′ to a snow level of 4000′ when the snow starts to 3000′ in the afternoon to 1000-1500′ overnight. Models disagree on the daytime snow, so let’s call it 0.6” to 0.9” water equivalent (WE). 6-9” of dense fresh. Overnight, models add in orographic effects for 0.7” WE. 6-8” powder. Nice! Wind: WSW 30-35 in the morning, SW 30-50 midday, W 40-45 (full-on storm skiing, but probably not lift-stopping) in the afternoon, and WNW 35 overnight. By 7am on Wednesday, we should have a bluebird day! The free air freezing level will be 1000-1500′ in the morning, 2000′ in the afternoon, and 5000′ overnight. Up to 0.1” WE is forecast before the sky clears, for up to an inch of new. Whatever. It’s going to be an awesome day. Wind: WNW 35 prior to dawn, WNW 30 around lift-loading time (could cause some minor problems), fading to NW 15-20 in the afternoon and S 5-10 overnight.

Thursday look sunny and warmer. Temps start at 0C and rise to +3C at 5000′. In other words, mid to upper 30’s. Some models take temps near 40! This will have a significant impact on snow quality, so get it early. Light wind sticks round all day, and just a touch of snow is possible overnight. Models start to disagree starting Friday, so we’ll leave off for now. Have a great powder day today!  


Gorge Wind Forecast

Light west gradients start off our Monday, and the westerlies stick around through Wednesday. None of the days look particularly steady, but they also looks relatively warm for this time of the year with highs in the mid 40’s and on up. Monday starts with 30.49/30.40/30.32 (0.09/0.08). The wind is in the 20’s at Viento and teens everywhere else. Your best chance of wind will actually be east of Rufus this afternoon. The wind drops to 11-14 in the western Gorge, 10mph or less from Swell to Avery, and gusty 18-23 from Biggs (and Amayah’s Indian food cart) to Boardman. River flow readings are 110-125kcfs, river temp is 38F, and high temp forecast is a balmy 48F.

Tuesday will be rainy all day. The wind will stay light between Swell and Doug’s most of the day. Head east of The Dalles for gusty 18-22 in the morning and gusty 22-26 in the afternoon. West of Swell, the wind picks up to gusty 17-21 in the afternoon with 13-16 from Swell to Doug’s. High temp: 47F. Wednesday starts with 11-14 all through the Gorge. The wind bumps up to W 18-23 for a few hours mid-morning from The Dalles to Boardman but quickly drops to 12-15. High temp: mid 40’s. Easterlies return on Thursday.  

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Hood River Weather Forecast

Mostly cloudy sky this morning stays that way. Temps will be in the low 40’s early and upper 40’s alter. Light westerlies. 1% chance of rainbows. Tuesday will be very rainy. Temps start in the mid-upper 30’s and rise to the upper 40’s. Light westerlies. 14% chance of rainbows. Wednesday will be partly cloudy. Temps start in the mid 30’s and rise to the mid 40’s. Moderate westerlies. 1% 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!
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.  


If you ride in the mud, you’ll do significant and permanent damage to the trail bed. Be thoughtful about your riding choices. Also, it’s winter. Be prepared to turn around due to freeze-thaw mud. 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.