Saturday: spring skiing on the mountain. gardening weather in the valley.

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The Forecast

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

Spring skiing is the plan for Saturday, and then it’s back to snowfall on Sunday afternoon into Monday. Dry weather Tuesday through Thursday morning transitions back to cold, snowy weather by the end of next week. Winter isn’t done by any means.

Saturday kicks off with clear sky. High clouds arrive mid to late afternoon and thicken overnight like milk added to roux with a plan for homemade mac n’ cheese. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be 5000′ in the morning and will rise to 6500′ by the evening. Temps max out in the upper 30’s at 5000′. Wind will be light and variable all day.

Sunday starts out cloudy. Light snowfall starts early afternoon and continues overnight. The snow level will be 6500′ early, but it will fall to 4500′ by the time the snow arrives. Overnight, the snow level falls to 3500′. Just 0.1” water equivalent (WE) is forecast by 5pm, for an inch of new. Overnight, up to 0.2” WE falls for a couple inches of additional snow. Wind: SE 15 in the morning, SE 15-20 in the afternoon, and SW 10-20 overnight.

Light snowfall continues for much of Monday, but there won’t be much accumulation. The snow level will be 3500′ during the day, 2500′ in the evening, and 1500′ after midnight. About 0.1” WE is forecast for the day. That’s 1” of new. Same overnight. Wind: SW 10-120 in the morning, W 30 in the afternoon, and NW 10-15 after midnight. Tuesday and Wednesday look clear and colder with the freezing level around 3000′. Snow returns Thursday evening and probably continues through next weekend and the start of the following week. Spring is just here today!  


Gorge Wind Forecast

East wind on Saturday and Sunday gives way to westerlies on Monday and westerlies for much of the next week. For Saturday, the wind quickly picks up to 20-25 from Rooster to Stevenson with 15-20 at Viento. Afternoon wind drops to 15mph. River flow readings are 81-84kcfs, river temp is 41F, and high temp forecast is, heck yeah, 60F. Sunday starts with 25-30 from Rooster to Stevenson. The wind drops to 15mph early afternoon. Late afternoon sees calm wind at Rooster, W 15mph at Stevenson, and E 5-10 to the east of Hood River. High temp: 52F. Monday starts light and variable. Afternoon westerlies climb to 15-18 in the cloudy western Gorge with gusty 25-29 from The Dalles to Boardman. High temp: 50F.  

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Hood River Weather Forecast

Clear sky this morning gives way to high clouds this afternoon. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and near 60 later. Light easterlies. No rainbows. Sunday will be cloudy in the morning and drizzly in the afternoon and evening. Temps start in the low 40’s and rise to the low 50’s. Easterlies in the morning turn calm or light westerly later. 77% chance of rainbows. Monday will be partly cloudy then cloudy then partly cloudy. Temps start near 40 and rise to 50. Light wind early. Moderate westerlies later. 58% chance of rainbows.

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Local-ish Events

Please let me know of outdoor-related local-ish events. If you don’t tell me, I don’t know!
The Meadows Strava Nordic race started 3/17. The John Craig Memorial Ski takes place Saturday, 3/18 on McKenzie Pass. Dirty Fingers has a gravel ride on Sunday morning followed by bike race watching Sunday afternoon. There’s a seed swap and plant sale at Rockford Grange at 2pm on Sunday the 19th. April 2nd is an end-of-season party at Meadows Nordic. April 15th at 10am is the “Run with the Wild 5k” fun run to support the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.

Regular weekly events: NK Studios in Bingen has a donation-based yoga class at 7:30am every Tuesday. Ferment’s Tuesday night 4-mile walk/run is at 6pm. There’s meditation with monks at 5:15pm (an hour) and 6:30pm (30 minutes plus a talk) at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon. At 7:15am on Wednesdays, there’s a run from the White Salmon Bakery. At 7am on Friday morning, there’s a run from Pine Street Bakery. On Fridays at 2:30pm, there’s a free meditation and stretching class at Yoga Samadhi. On Saturday at 9am, there’s a by-donation outdoor group fitness on the 2rd floor deck about Ferment Brewing. There’s a weekly group paddle to the Event Site on Sunday at 11 am followed by a free pint at the fire pit at Ferment. That’s the “Paddle n’ Pint”. Also: Wednesday Paddle Sprints at the Event Site at Noon.  


Many of the trails will be muddy with the exception of Syncline. Please avoid the muddy trails – if you ride them, you’ll do major damage and ruin the next person’s ride.. You might be able to ride the Deschutes or Klickitat trails or Syncline, but you’ll be most successful on gravel. If it was below freezing the night before your ride, don’t ride trails that are exposed to the open air. Those trails will have freeze-thaw conditions, and you’ll do major damage. Consider gravel riding! If you’re parking at Post Canyon, you will need a parking pass. Those can be purchased at many local shops or online.  

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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.