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Mt. Hood Weather ForecastIt’s Monday the 20th of November, and it’s opening day at Mt. Hood Meadows. It’s also only open for this year’s passholders and people who had passes last year. Timberline is open. Teacup is open. Meadows Nordic is open. Skibowl tubing is open, and we all eagerly await the arrival of Skibowl proper!
Weather for Monday starts out stormy and ends windy with flurries. The snow level will be 3500′ in the morning, 1500-2000′ in the afternoon, and 0-500′ overnight. About 0.7” water equivalent falls during the day, giving 5000′ another 7-8” of average quality snow. Expect storm skiing if you’re going up to get some; wind will be W 45 all day with a shift to WNW 40 in the afternoon. Overnight, wind drops to light and variable or N 10, depending on elevation.
That’s it for snow for the next seven to ten days. High pressure settles over the Northwest and gives the slopes sunshine. Tuesday through Friday will be dry. The free air freezing level rises to 10,000-11,000′ and stays there. The wind looks to be under 20mph from various directions the entire week. Worth noting: low-elevation locations such as Teacup, Meadows Nordic, and Skibowl will likely be below the inversion, meaning temps will likely stay below freezing there. Also, spring skiing conditions are not necessarily guaranteed at higher elevations; the sun angle may be low enough to keep many slopes as packed powder or hardpack. We shall see. In the meantime, enjoy the storm skiing today and the sunshine the rest of this week!
Gorge Wind ForecastLight and variable wind before sunrise gives way to strong westerlies mid-morning through early afternoon. Drive pre-emptively. As high pressure builds offshore, and quickly move inland, the wind will spike and then fade. Expect 27-31+ east of The Dalles between 10am or so and 1pm or so. After that, the wind fades to 16-19 out east. Western Gorge wind will have rain showers all day. The wind peaks at 15-18 in the morning and fades to 10-13 in the afternoon. River flow: 126kcfs. River temp: 48. Air temp: 48.
Tuesday starts with light easterlies. By afternoon, the wind picks up to E 30-35 form Rooster to Stevenson with 20-25 at Viento. Wednesday’s wind looks like 40-50+ at Rooster with 30-40 at Stevenson. Easterlies continue at varying strength most of the week. High temps will be near 40.
Coast, Jones, Sauvie’sAs needed until next spring and summer.
Hood River Weather ForecastHeavy rain Monday morning gives way to showers by mid morning. Temps will be in the mid 30’s early and upper 40’s later. Moderate westerlies. 99% chance of rainbows. Tuesday starts with Nothing and ends clear. Temps will be near 30 early and in the mid 40’s later. Light easterlies. No rainbows. Wednesday through Friday: the same as Tuesday. Looking for a complete Columbia Gorge forecast? Looking for more humor in your weather? Obscenities? You’re looking for my TATAS: Temira’s Awesome Travel Advisory Service on Facebook.
CyclingDo be aware of the possibility of freeze-thaw (muddy) conditions this upcoming week, especially on trails that are not under a tree canopy. Do not ride if it was below freezing last night and is above freezing when you want to ride. The soil structure will be liquefied, and you will do permanent damage to trails. Consider riding gravel roads instead. GP will be closed through December for upgrades. Contact HRATS if you’d like to help.
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Local EventsWeekly 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!