Saturday: Whoopdee work party, free skiing, and rainbows!

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 April 13, 2019

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

Saturday morning started off clear on the mountain, but the dry weather will only last until noon or so. After that, we’re back into a couple days of accumulating snow. A break during the day on Monday gives way to another round of precipitation on Tuesday. After that: dry and warm weather for a couple of days. Summit is free to ski with two cans of food Saturday and Sunday. Sunday is also free at Skibowl – cans of food are not required there, but they would sure appreciate if you bring some!

For Saturday, the sky quickly becomes cloudy. The snow level will be 8000′ early, a bit tricky to predict midday (4500-7000′), 5000′ in the evening, and 1500′ after midnight after the sky clears. Models suggest warm upper level air will be in the Mt. Hood vicinity until 5pm. While some models predict the snow level will stay low enough for all snow, a more likely scenario is a snow-rain mix. But maybe not – maybe we’ll get lucky with all snow! So, during the day, the mountain picks up 0.4” water value (WV) as snow-rain mix. Not much accumulation. Overnight: 0.4” WV that falls as snow for 2-3” of wet accumulation. Wind: W 20 early, W 35 by early afternoon, and WNW 35 after midnight. That’ll take the higher lifts out of commission in the afternoon.

Sunday starts off cloudy or mostly cloudy with occasional flurries. Snowfall picks up in the afternoon with light snow continuing overnight. The snow level will be 1500′ early, 2500′ in the afternoon, and 2000′ after midnight. About 0.2” WV falls during the day, for a couple inches of new. About 0.1” falls overnight, for another inch. Wind: WNW 35 early, WSW 15 in the afternoon, SW 5-10 overnight.

Monday: Cloudy during the day, rain in the afternoon (maybe) and snow overnight. Hard to tell with models disagreeing on the snow level; upper air temp Monday will be 0-2 degrees Celsius, right on the bubble for snow. So… dry during the day. Precip starts up around 5pm with 1.0” WV overnight. Guessing at the rain-snow switch time gives us .25” rain and 5-8” of new snow. Wind: light SW early, S 10-15 in the afternoon, W 35 overnight. Another 4” or so of snow falls Tuesday with the snow level near 3500′. After Tuesday: a couple days with warm weather and sunshine.

Gorge Wind

While there aren’t any giant days forecast in the next several, there will be plenty of wind to get folks on the river as a series of fronts sweeps through. For Sunday, we start with W 10-13 in most areas. Gradients of .08 and .02 start the day. Flow is 292kcfs and temp is 49 degrees. Do watch for debris in the river from high flow. As a weather system moves in late morning, and then swings eastward, westerlies increase. 10-13 in the morning picks up to gusty and rainy 12-15 from Stevenson to Mosier with gusty and showery 18-23 from Rowena to Arlington.

Sunday sees transitory high pressure behind the trailing edge of Saturday’s cold front. Westerlies start at 5-10 from Stevenson to Hood River with 14-17 east of there. Afternoon: 9-12 in the west and 18-22 from Mosier to Rufus with lighter wind farther east.

Broad low pressure on Monday keeps the wind light: calm wind early with light westerlies possible east of Hood River. As the low approaches, easterlies pick up to 5-10mph near Stevenson and Rooster. Offshore high pressure builds briefly on Tuesday. Result: afternoon westerlies at 25-29 from Mosier to Arlington.

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Hood River Weather Forecast

Clouds Saturday morning give way to rain by 11am, and that’s the end of the dry weather for Saturday. Temps will be in the upper 40’s early and mid 50’s later. Light to moderate westerlies. 34% chance of rainbows. Sunday looks sprinkly and mostly sunny. Temps will be near 40 early and in the mid 50’s later. Moderate west wind. 89% chance of rainbows. Monday looks cloudy and dry until mid-afternoon. Rain moves in for the evening. Temps will be in the mid 30’s early and mid 50’s later. Light east wind. No rainbows.

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Road and Mountain Biking

The HRATS have their first trail work party of the season on the Whoopdee at 9:30am on Saturday. As for riding: Syncline was brown pow on Friday. Post is likely too wet and muddy to ride. Same for Whoopdee – please don’t, or you’ll damage the trails and volunteers will have to clean up after you rather than rebuilding new trails. The cows are out on Hospital Hill, which happens to be private land owned by the Kreps family. Do not take your dog or you 1) endanger the life of your dog and 2) endanger access to the land for everyone.

Upcoming Events

On Saturday, sometimes there is a trail run in Post Canyon at 8am, and sometimes there is not. Same goes for the bootcamp workout in Sorosis Park in The Dalles at 10am. There is definitely the “Easter RunDay” at Shortt Supply Saturday morning at 9:30 – free community fun run.

The NW trail sisters have a female-identified bike ride at Sandy Ridge (weather permitting?) on Saturday. Pride is happening at Meadows all day. The first HRATS trail work party happens Saturday at 9:30am at the Whoopdee trail. There’s a swap meet at Windance on Sunday. The Monster and Sea Paddle is at Hood River’s Waterfront Park Saturday and Sunday. There’s free skiing at Summit in exchange for two cans of food on Saturday and Sunday. Skibowl has free skiing on Sunday.

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Have an awesome day today!