Sunday: a few inches of snow followed by more sun…

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

Gosh was Saturday a nice one on the mountain. Excellent hardpack conditions. Given that temps climbed above freezing today, it’s likely to be somewhat harder hardpack tomorrow… working its way to granular, but almost certainty not there yet. We’ll also pick up a bit of new snow over the next 36 hours. That’s followed by sunshine again on Monday and Tuesday and then… well, it’s rather unclear. There’s an unusually high spread in both 850mb (~5000′) temps and precip. This is thanks to a chunk of the ensembles calling for ridging (warmer and drier) and a chunk calling for troughing (cooler and wetter). In other words, any forecast beyond Tuesday or Wednesday is just making guesses. For now. Over the next week or so, models call for anywhere from 2.3” (10th percentile) to 19” (90th percentile) of new snow on Mt. Hood. Meh. Too much range!

But we don’t have to do much guessing about Sunday. We start mostly cloudy and add some flurries. Although… the cloud layer won’t be very deep, and occasionally this can result in freezing rain rather than snow. Just something to keep a watch on. The snow level will be around 5000′ in the morning, 4000′ in the afternoon, and 3500′ after midnight. About 0.1” water equivalent is forecast during the day for up to an inch of wet snow. Another 0.15” WE is forecast in the afternoon for another 1-2” of rather dense snow. Wind will be SW 10-20 in the morning, WSW 30-35 in the afternoon, and W 30 after midnight.

Monday starts snowy and clears during the day. The snow level will be 3500′ prior to sunrise and will drop to 2500′ or so during the day. Overnight, under clear sky, the free air freezing level (FAF) falls to 2000′ with 850mb temps at -2C. About 0.2” WE is forecast before the clearing. Call that 2-3” new snow thanks to orographic assistance. Wind: W 30 early, WNW 25 around sunrise. NW 20-30 in the afternoon, and E 10 after midnight. We’re looking at a dry day on Tuesday with temps on the slopes in the upper 20’s and variable wind to 10mph. After Tuesday? Hard to say. We’ll have to see if the ensembles settle down over the next couple of days. Until then… enjoy the slopes!  

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Gorge Wind Forecast

Hi friends! Looks like we might have a shot at west wind on Monday as a system swings through. In the meantime… Sunday starts with E 15-20 at Iwash (Rooster) Rock and 15 at Stevenson. Afternoon wind turns to west 5-10 at Iwash and E 10 at Stevenson. Expect light drizzle all day after 10. River flow Saturday was 82-138kcfs, river temp is 39.74F, and high temp forecast is 46F. A weak low swings inland through Washington on Monday, and that turns the wind onshore. Models are not quite sure how strong it will be. For now, let’s say that Stevenson to Doug’s has the potential for 15-18, and Mosier to Boardman has the potential for 23-26. Timing: after 10am for the strongest wind. High temp: 47F with partly cloudy sky in the west and mostly sunny sky out east. Tuesday starts with E 20-25 at Iwash and E 15-20 at Stevenson. Afternoon wind holds at 20ish at Iwash and Stevenson and picks up to E 10 or so from Hood River eastward. High temp: 48F with sunshine after a partly Nothing start. After Tuesday, there’s too much uncertainty in the models to make a forecast.  

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Very basic Hood River weather forecast. Don’t plan your life around this. You really should read TATAS

High clouds add some drizzle in the afternoon and evening. Temps start in the low-mid 30’s and rise to the mid 40’s. Light easterlies. 19% chance of rainbows. Monday will be drizzly to start then partly cloudy. Temps start in the upper 30’s and rise to the upper 40’s. Moderate westerlies. 99% chance of rainbows. Tuesday will be dry. Partly Nothing early gives way to sunshine in the afternoon. Easterlies. No rainbows. Read Temira’s Awesome Travel Advisory Service on Facebook for a detailed forecast that may help you plan your day.  

Local-ish Events

Please let me know of outdoor-related local-ish events. If you don’t tell me, I don’t know!

Amayah’s Indian Cafe (Biggs) offers a free meal every first Thursday from 1-4pm.

Regular weekly events:. NK Studio’s by-donation Tuesday morning yoga class is back. 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. The Tri Club is done for the season. 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.  


Regarding the trails in general: don’t ride in the mud. You’ll damage the trails. Don’t ride trails if it was below freezing the previous night and is above freezing when you want to ride. Ride gravel. Ride your trainer. Build trails. There are trail builders seeking extra hands on seven additional miles of trail on Whoopdee. Contact HRATS for more information. 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.