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The Forecast

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

That was quite a weekend on the slopes, and it’s looking like we’ll have a repeat of the powder madness next weekend. Between now and then, we’ll have packed powder and hardpack groom today, dumping snow Tuesday, flurries Wednesday transitioning to sunshine, and sunshine Thursday. Sometime Friday evening, the heavens open up as a progressive, westerly system slams into Mt. Hood. That’s a good thing if you like powder skiing, and powder it shall be, as it will be chilly!

Let’s look at Monday. We have some high clouds, and those will thicken as the day goes on. Snow returns to the picture overnight. The free air freezing level this morning will be 0′. It’ll rise to 4500-5000′ this afternoon and fall back to an environmental snow level of 3500′ overnight. Snow starts late tonight, and about 0.3” water equivalent (WE) falls by tomorrow morning. Call that 3” of new. Wind: S 10-20 this morning, SE 10-20 this afternoon, and S 10-20 overnight. It’s worth noting that the Meadows Nordic groomer reported that his product is “flawless, the best day of the season” this morning due to meticulous reverse tilling. It’s a good day to skate, for sure.

Fun stuff happens on Tuesday as a massive offshore low causes the storm to come in with mostly-easterly wind. That’ll cause the snow to accumulate in unexpected places. The environmental snow level (as per 5000′ temps) will be 2500′ in the morning, 3500′ in the afternoon, and 3500′ overnight. About 0.6” WE is forecast during the day for 6” new. Another 0.3” WE is expected overnight for another 3” of new snow. If the east wind overperforms, so will the snowfall, as there’s plenty of moisture present. Wind: S 10-20 early, E 20 for much of the day, and E 5 after midnight.

Wednesday starts with a little snow and turns clear with a shot at another brief snowfall in the afternoon due to wraparound moisture. The snow level will be 3000-3500′ most of the day and will fall to 2500-3000′ overnight. Just a trace of snow is forecast. Wind: E 5 in the morning, NW 5-15 in the afternoon, and W 20 overnight.

Low clouds keep the west side drizzly on Thursday, but the mountain should be sunny. Freezing level: 3000′ falling to 1000′. Wind: W 20-25 most of the day. Similar weather starts the day on Friday, but snow arrives in the evening. As of right now, it looks like we’ll pick up a couple feet of high-quality powder over the weekend. Very nice!  


Gorge Wind Forecast

A ginormous offshore low pressure system will drive east wind for the next couple of days. That wind will be widespread. Mondays wind starts with 25 at Rooster and 15-20 at Stevenson with 10-15 at Viento. Afternoon wind builds to 25-30 from Rooster to Stevenson with 15-20 from Viento to Arlington. Late afternoon wind falls to 20ish at Rooster and Stevenson. River flow range yesterday was 90-120kcfs, river temp is 43F, and high temp forecast is 54F under high overcast sky. Tuesday will be rainy, but the easterlies will continue. The day starts with 30-35 at Rooster, 20ish at Stevenson, and 10-15 form Viento to Arlington. Afternoon wind levels out at 20-25 from Rooster to Stevenson, 15-20 at Viento, and turns southerly east of The Dalles. High temp: 47F. Wednesday starts with 15-20 at Rooster and 10-15 from Stevenson to Viento. Afternoon wind goes calm. High temp: 56F.  

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Hood River Weather Forecast

Partially high overcast sky starts the day, and high clouds continue to build. Temps will be in the upper 20’s early and mid 50’s later. Moderate easterlies. No rainbows. Rain, perhaps mixed with snow, arrives after midnight. Tuesday starts out with snain or rain and stays rainy most of the day. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and upper 40’s later. Moderate easterlies. 18% chance of rainbows. Wednesday starts out dry and cloudy, adds some rain late morning, and turns dry in the afternoon. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and mid 50’s later. Calm wind. 81% 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!
The Meadows Strava Nordic race started 3/17. There’s a (secret?) rail jam at Little John on the evening of March 27th. April 2nd is an end-of-season party at Meadows Nordic. April 15th at 10am is the “Run with the Wild 5k” fun run to support the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.

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. On Saturday at 9am, there’s a by-donation outdoor group fitness on the 2rd floor deck about Ferment Brewing. 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.  


Many of the trails will be muddy with the exception of Syncline. Please avoid the muddy trails (Hospital Hill, Whoopdee, Post) – if you ride them, you’ll do major damage and ruin the next person’s ride.. You might be able to ride the Deschutes or Klickitat trails or Syncline, but you’ll be most successful on gravel. 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.