Monday-Tuesday: typically typical fall weather

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The Forecast

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

Meadows and T-Line are waking up to a couple inches of new snow this morning. The snow level will bounce around all over the place this week. The bouncing culminates in a weak to moderate Pineapple Express event Wednesday night into Friday when the snow level will shoot up to 10,000′. Cooler weather minus the precipitation is forecast for the weekend.

Looking at Monday, we see light snowfall today and heavier snowfall overnight. The snow level will be 4500′ this morning, 5500′ this afternoon and will fall to 4000′ after midnight. Just 0.1” water equivalent is forecast during the day. That should fall as up to 1” of wet snow. Another 0.5” WE is forecast tonight. That’ll be 4-5” of snow for the ski resort lodges. Wind will be SW 20-40 all day depending on elevation and exposure.

Plenty of precip is forecast for Tuesday, but the snow level will be all over the place. It starts at 4000′, rises to 6000′ midday, and falls to 4000′ overnight. Daytime precip will be about 0.6” WE, for snow, then mixed precip or rain, then snow again. Call it 1-3” accumulation, and probably the low end of that. Overnight, another 0.6” WE swings through. That should be mostly snow. Let’s go with 4-6”. Wind: SW 20-40 most of the day becoming WSW 35-50 after midnight.

The sky should clear briefly Wednesday morning before clouds move in again during the day. Get that fresh snow early, because the weather warms right up overnight as an SW-oriented atmospheric river arrives. The snow level starts at 4000′ and stays during the day. In the evening, we’ll see a quick jump to 9500′ as 850mb temps rise from +1C to +7C. Models don’t agree on the path of this system; the Euro takes the bulk of the precip to the north. The GFS has Mt. Hood in the bullseye. Either way, it will be warm and rainy on the slopes. Avalanche hazard will be extreme. Rain continues Thursday. Temps drop back to “snowy” on Friday morning, but most of the precip will have passed. Keep up those snow dances. It’s still early!  

Gorge Wind Forecast

A very active weather pattern continues, and that means not much wind for the Gorge. Monday starts with easterlies at 5-10 everywhere. Afternoon wind rises to gusty 18-23 east of The Dalles. River flow is 48,000cfs, river temp is 58F, and high temp forecast is 55F. Tuesday starts light and variable. Afternoon westerlies pick up to gusty 15-20 west of Bonneville Dam and gust 13-16 east of Rowena. High temp: 56F. Wednesday starts with gusty 13-16 in the eastern Gorge, gusty 15-20 west of Bonneville, and light/variable wind in the central Gorge. Afternoon: light and variable in the west and 11-14 east of The Dalles. Some ensemble members (perhaps even most), suggest more wind than this, so do keep an eye on the Wednesday forecast.  

Coast, Jones, Coast

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

Hood River Weather Forecast

Mostly cloudy weather this morning adds sprinkles and then rain overnight. Temps will be near 40 early and in the mid 50’s later. Light and variable wind. 19% chance of rainbows. Tuesday looks rainy most of the day with sunbreaks in the afternoon. Temps will be in the low 40’s early and mid 50’s later. Light west wind. 97% chance of rainbows. Wednesday will be mostly cloudy to start with showers on and off and rain overnight. Temps will be in the mid 40’s early and mid 50’s later. Light and variable or light westerlies. 9% chance of rainbows.

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SDS, Kreps, and DNR lands have all reopened. Regulated use closure has ended and motorized use is allowed on moto trails. Be aware of recent snowfall about 4500′ or so and plan your rides accordingly.  

Local Events

The Columbia Gorge Marathon is October 24th. On October 30th, the Hood River Watershed Group has a work party on Whiskey Creek.  

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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.