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Saturday: not much happening on the slopes for the next week…

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The Forecast

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
4a-8a 8a-12p 12p-4p 4p-8p 8p-4a
Saturday
9500′->7000′
Sunday
7000′->2000′
Monday
2000′->5500′

Mt. Hood Forecast

Not much is planned for the next week or so on Mt. Hood. Thankfully there will be enough sun and warmth most days to create corn snow out of the giant block of ice that is Mt. Hood right now. For Saturday, expect sunshine early, high clouds midday, and deepening clouds overnight. The free air freezing level will be 9500′ all day and will fall to 7000′ overnight. No precip. Wind: W 10-15 daytime, NW 15 evening, WNW 35 after midnight.

Sunday looks cloudy with drizzle in the morning and sunny in the afternoon. The snow level will be 7000′ early, 5500′ when the precip ends, 1500′ in the afternoon, and 2000′ overnight. About 0.2” water equivalent is forecast. That’ll be mostly rain, but might end with flurries and a trace of new at 5000′. Wind: WNW 35 early, NW 35 most of the day, NNW 20 in the afternoon, and NNE 15 overnight.

Monday looks clear. The free air freezing level will start at 2000′ and rise to 5500′ by midnight. Wind: NNE 10-15 for the 24 hour period. Tuesday also looks sunny. The freezing level rises to 7500′ by the afternoon with light wind. Next chance of precip is Thursday into Friday, and it doesn’t look like much.

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 near Rooster and 10-15 at Viento and Stevenson back off to calm wind after 1pm or so. River flow is 162kcfs, river temp is 42, and high temp forecast is 46. Sunday starts with W 7-10+ all through the Gorge. Morning wind picks up to 21-24+ from Stevenson to The Dalles (maybe Rufus) and fades after 1pm. High temp: 49. Monday starts calm. Easterlies pick up to 10-15 in the afternoon. High temp: 48.  

Coast, Jones, Sauvie’s

As needed until next spring and summer.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Cloudy sky with Nothing cloud this morning likely stays that way. Temps will be in the mid 30’s early and mid 40’s later. Light wind. No rainbows. Sunday starts with some drizzle and ends partly cloudy. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and upper 40’s in the afternoon. Moderate westerlies. 99% chance of rainbows. Monday will be partly cloudy in the morning and clear in the afternoon. Temps will be in the mid 30’s early and upper 40’s later. Calm wind. No 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.