Saturday. Snow and Rainbows!

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 January 27, 2018

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

It’s Sunday, and we’re looking at warming temps today. It’s likely this morning’s snow will switch to mist or light rain at some point. Very strong wind will probably impact lift operations. Sunday brings light snowfall early and sunshine and warm temps later. Warm, dry weather continues Monday with heavy snowfall on Monday night. Details follow…

Today is Sunday, and it’s Meadows’ 50th Anniversary Party. Remember that they run free shuttle buses from Hood River’s Event Site – no ticket or pass required. The snow level today will be 5000′ early, 6000′ mid-morning, and somewhere around 6000′ tonight. The mountain will see .6” water value (WV) by 4pm, for 2-4” of snow and up to 1/4” of mist or rain. Another .2” WV falls tonight as mixed precip. Wind is probably going to be a problem today: it’s forecast to rise to W 60 by 1pm. That carries the potential to shut down all of the high speed quads (and Upper Bowl at Skibowl) at all of the resorts.

Light mist or mixed precip or snowflakes on Sunday morning quickly gives way to clear sky before the lifts open. Sunshine follows. The free air freezing level will be 5000′-6000′ early and 10,000′ by 4pm. Wind will be WSW 30-35 all day.

Monday sees high clouds in the morning (pretty sunrise!), clouds midday, clear sky in the afternoon, and heavy snowfall overnight. The free air freezing level will be 10,000′ in the morning, 8000′ in the afternoon, 5000′ snow level when the precip hits, and 2500′ after midnight. Mt. Hood will see 1.2” WV between 10pm Monday and 4am Tuesday. That works out to 11-15” of new snow at 5000′. Wind will be WSW 30 in the morning, SW 30+ in the afternoon, and WSW 40-45 overnight. Tuesday looks like a powder day with just a few more inches of snow falling during the day. After that, the GFS and the ECMWF are in complete disagreement, so it’s completely impossible to make a long-range forecast.

Random Morning Thoughts

I have decided not to write anything here this morning. Because I can. =)

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Gorge Wind Forecast

Saturday starts with east wind at 15-20. After 9am or so, the wind will switch to westerly. Expect up-and-down, gusty 23-29 between Multnomah Falls and Arlington for the rest of the day, fading after 2pm. Sunday looks basically calm, as does Monday.

Gorge Weather Forecast

It’s raining out there this morning, and we’ll have a showery day with sunbreaks. Temps will be in the mid 30’s early and mid 40’s later. East wind early. West wind after 9am. 99.99% chance of rainbows. Sunday looks like Nothing all day. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and potentially in the low 50’s in the afternoon (not buying that). Calm wind. No rainbows. Monday also has a Nothing. Heavy rain occurs Monday night. Calm wind. 1% chance of rainbows mid-afternoon. The long range forecast is all over the place.

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White Sprinter Van of the Week


Road and Mountain Biking

Post Canyon is currently closed to all users to protect the trails from damage. Whoopdee is closed to bikes and horses for the same reason. Syncline remains mobbed. I’m not sure about the upper half of Nestor, but the Horse Camp section is in good shape with one tree down.

Upcoming Events

For Saturday, there’s a trail run on the roads in Post Canyon at 8am and the Dirty Fingers Cold Lap ride at 3pm. On Sunday, there’s by-donation yoga at Samadhi at 9am, ping pong at the Armory at 10am, meditation at Flow at 11am, pickup touch rugby at the Hood River Marina at 11am, YogaFaith at Pure Yoga in The Dalles at 4pm, and restorative yoga at Pure Yoga in Hood River at 6pm.

Click here for the full events calendar.

Have an awesome day today!