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Monday-Tuesday: very, very wet everywhere!

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The Forecast

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
4a-8a 8a-12p 12p-4p 4p-8p 8p-4a
Monday
5500′->9000′
Tuesday
9000′->11,000′->5500′
Wednesday
5500′->1000′

Mt. Hood Forecast

It’s going to be a very wet first half of the week on Mt. Hood as a strong atmospheric river takes aim at the Northwest. Rainfall totals by Wednesday morning will be in excess of 5”. So, if you want a dry day, get out on Monday. The mountain stays cloudy and dry through 7pm or so. Rain starts up after that. The snow level will be 5500′ early and will rise to 9000′ overnight. About 1.1” rain falls overnight. Wind: SW 15-35 in the morning, SW 30-60 in the evening and overnight.

Tuesday looks very rainy for the entire 24 hours period. The snow level will be 9000′ during the day, 11,000′ overnight, and will fall to 5500′ early Wednesday. About 3.5” rain falls during the day. Another 2.2” rain falls overnight, eventually switching to mixed precip early Wednesday. Wind: SW 25-55 through early afternoon. SW 60-90 in the evening and overnight becomes WSW 45-70 early Wednesday.

With the rain and the dropping snow level and wind, icing on lifts is likely to be significant on Wednesday morning. The snow level starts at 5500′ before dawn and drops to 2500′ by sunrise. The snow level falls to 2000′ in the afternoon and 1000′ overnight. About 0.6” water equivalent (WE) is forecast in the early morning period, for 3-4” increasingly dry snow. Another 0.1” is forecast during the day, for an inch of new. Wind: WSW 45-70 before dawn, W 60 at dawn, W 40 in the morning, W 30 in the afternoon, and W 15 overnight.

Thursday looks dry and sunny all day with clouds and light mist overnight. The freezing level will be 1000′ in the morning and 10,000′ in the afternoon. The snow level falls to 7000′ overnight. About 0.1” WE falls overnight as mist or light rain. Wind: W 15 in the morning, SW 10-20 in the afternoon, and SW 15-35 overnight. The extended forecast is mostly dry for a few days; no significant snow is in the forecast, but that pineapple express sure will be impressive!

Note on wind speeds. Different wind directions are experienced in different ways on Mt. Hood. For example, west wind at 50mph will hit the slopes and exposed ridges at W 50. SW 50 may hit the ridges at SW 50, but will likely only be SW 20 below tree line. Hence the ranges for wind. Depends where you are on the mountain. Hopefully that helps clarify.  

Gorge Wind Forecast

Easterlies at 20-25 this morning at Rooster hold all day. Stevenson starts at 10-15, might pick up to 15-20, and ends at 10-15. River flow is 132kcfs, river temp is 41, and high temp forecast is 44. Tuesday looks very rainy, just FYI. Easterlies start at 15-20 at Rooster and 20-25 at Stevenson. Afternoon wind switches to W 10-13 at Rooster and goes calm through the rest of the Gorge. High temp: 48. Wednesday morning’s forecast currently calls for W35-45+ all through the Gorge from 1am through 4am. After that, the wind backs off to the teens in the western Gorge and 28-32 east of The Dalles through 1pm. Westerlies fade after that. High temp Wednesday: 50.  

Coast, Jones, Sauvie’s

As needed until next spring and summer.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Cloudy sky today gives way to moderate to heavy rain tonight. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and mid 40’s later. Easterlies. No rainbows. Tuesday brings moderate to heavy rain. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and upper 40’s later. Easterlies early. Calm wind in the afternoon. No rainbows. Wednesday will be very, very windy before dawn and then just plain windy. Very heavy rain falls until 7am and then switches to showers. Temps will be in the low 40’s early and near 50 later. Nuking westerlies early, then moderate westerlies. 99% chance of rainbows, including double rainbows.

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Cycling

Volunteers needed! Columbia Area Mountain Bike Advocate (CAMBA) is doing small projects at the Syncline this winter: treadwork and trail maintenance. Show that we care and want to protect it! Due to COVID restrictions, work party numbers are limited, so if you can help, contact Ann 509-637-three seven one three. Hikers, runners, mountain bikers, and sightseers all welcome! Do be aware of the possibility of freeze-thaw (muddy) conditions, 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.  

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Local Events

Weekly 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!

By Temira

Temira Lital is a recreation and travel weather forecaster based in Hood River, Oregon. She's also a mental health counselor. Temira bikes, skis, windsurfs, paddles a SUP, swims in mountain lakes, and has a giant garden. Most recently she's taken up SUP foiling. Temira is powered by La Croix, steak, and beets.