Saturday: lots of dry days in the forecast…

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The Forecast

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

Snow flurries Saturday morning are followed by dry weather Sunday, stormy weather Monday, and then dry, sunny weather for the next week or so. Timberline: open, reservations no longer required. Meadows: opening Monday for passholders and last year’s passholders ONLY. Meadows Nordic: opening Monday. Teacup: open and crowded. Please remember to buy your Teacup pass – support the grooming! Also, if you need snow tires, Point S has the queen of snow tires, the Hakkapeliitta, on sale through Monday. Buy 3, get the 4th free.

Saturday on the mountain will be sunny above 6500′ (above 4000′ in the afternoon) with morning snow flurries in the clouds. The snow level will be 4500′ in the morning and 3000′ in the afternoon. But wait! The free air freezing level will rise to 10,000′ overnight. Just a wee bit of snow falls, perhaps 0.05” water equivalent (WE), for half an inch at 5000′. Wind: WNW 30 in the morning, W 5 in the afternoon, and S 10-20 overnight.

Clear sky starts the day Sunday, but clouds move in around 10am. Partly cloudy to clear sky returns in the afternoon. Around 1am, precip arrives. The freezing level will be 10,000′ in the morning, 7500′ in the afternoon, 5500′ when the precip arrives, and 3000′ by 4am Monday. This means the incoming moisture could start as rain, mixed precip, or wet snow, but it’ll quickly switch to snow above 3000′. About 0.3” WE is forecast between midnight Sunday and 4am Monday. Let’s call that 1-3” of wet snow, depending on elevation. Wind Sunday: S 10-20 early picks up a SW cant midday and holds at 10-20. Overnight, the wind builds to a blistering W 60mph, likely enough to cause some icing on lifts with that wet snow falling and temps dropping. Let’s look at Monday AM…

Monday morning starts windy and snowy. The snow level will be 3000′ early and will fall to 2000′ by mid-morning. Partly cloudy sky and flurries are in the forecast for the afternoon before clear sky returns overnight. About 0.7” WE falls during the day, for 7-8” of wind-affected, wind-loading powder snow. This is definitely a storm skiing day! Just a trace of snow falls in the afternoon. Wind: W 50-55 early (enough to slow down lifts). W 45 mid-morning, WNW 35-40 in the afternoon. The wind calms to NNE 10-15 overnight.

Tuesday through Saturday: clear and dry with a building inversion. Lower levels (Teacup, HRM, Meadows Nordic) may stay sub-freezing much of this time. High slopes will be above the inversion and above freezing. As a matter of fact, it’s possible we’ll see corn snow by the end of the week, although low-angle sun may offer some protection against snowmelt. As of right now, it appears that the high pressure ridge providing all that sunshine will stick around for at least 7-10 days.  

Gorge Wind Forecast

Saturday’s bringing you early morning westerlies as a front swings through and high pressure builds in behind. The day starts with 5-10 most places and 17-21 from Viento to Swell. Gradients: .05 and .06. Get it as early as you can, because that high pressure has plans to shift inland. By late morning, the wind will drop to W 5-10 or less. River flow: 98,300cfs. River temp: 48. Air temp: 49. Sunday starts with east wind at 30-35 from Rooster to Stevenson and 20-25 near Viento. In the afternoon, the wind drops 5-10mph. Monday starts calm in most locations with the exception of rainy westerlies at gusty 20-30 near Rooster. Strong offshore high pressure builds behind a morning cold front. Go get it: 28-32 east of The Dalles from sunrise to 1pm. Westerlies fade to 18-22 after 1pm. Western Gorge: gusty, rainy 22-25 in the morning with 7-11 in the afternoon. Next up: strong easterlies for at least Tuesday through Saturday.  

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As needed until next spring and summer.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Cloudy sky this morning stay mostly cloudy all day. Temps will be int eh upper 30’s early and upper 40’s later. Light to moderate westerlies go light in the afternoon. No rainbows. Sunday starts with Nothing and ends partly cloudy or sunny. Temps will be near freezing early and int eh mid 40’s later. Light east wind. No rainbows. Monday starts with rain and turns showery after mid-morning. Temps will be in the mid 30’s early and mid to upper 40’s later. Moderate to strong westerlies. 99% chance of rainbows.   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.  


11/8: GP will be closed through December for upgrades. Contact HRATS if you’d like to help. Motorized use is open on ALL Hood River County Land now. Do be aware of the possibility of freeze-thaw (muddy) conditions\. 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.  

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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.