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Mt. Hood Forecast
Today, Sunday, looks like a classic storm skiing day on Mt. Hood. The weather turns warmer and wetter tonight. Monday will be very messy: icing, super windy, and not a day to spend on the slopes or the backcountry. We’re back to snow and colder temps with the snow level down around 1500′ on Tuesday. Low snow level holds through much of the week as a series of systems arrives from the NW.
Looking more closely at Sunday, we don’t see much thanks to dumping snow and blowing wind. Definitely not a Nordic skiing day! The snow level will be 3500′ for much of the day. In the evening, upper air temps start to warm, taking the snow level from 3500′ to 6500′ by midnight. We’ll see 1.2” water equivalent (WE) today, for 10-13” of new snow. Bring a shovel to the resort with you so you can escape the parking lots. Overnight, just 0.2” WE is predicted (that’ll probably be more, thanks to orographics). That’s going to start as dense snow and switch to mixed precip and then rain. Wind Sunday: W 40 during the day, W 50 in the afternoon, WNW 50-55 overnight.
Monday will be windy enough and wet enough that resort closures are possible. The snow level will be 6500′ during the day. It’ll drop to 5000′ around sunset and then plummet to 1000-1500′ overnight. About 1.3” WE falls during the day (maybe more, thanks to orographics) as rain and/or mixed precip. That will ice up the lifts. Very messy. Also be aware of extreme avalanche hazards. Another 0.5” WE falls in the evening as the snow level is dropping. Call that 2-4” wet snow. Then 0.1” is forecast after the front passes, for just an inch of powder atop all this mess. Thanks to NW wind, we could actually see several inches, but don’t count on it. Wind: W 50-55 all day becoming NW 40-45 overnight. That’s enough wind to shut down many of the high speed quads on Mt. Hood.
Looking at Tuesday, we see a cold, windy day with light snowfall thanks to orographic assistance. The snow level will be 1000′-1500′ all day and all night. 0.3” WE is forecast during the day, for 3-4” powder. Another 0.2” WE is forecast overnight for a couple inches more. Wind: NW 40-45 all day turning to N 10-15 overnight.
That sets us up for a gorgeous sunny day on Wednesday. Our next storm cycle begins Thursday morning. Between then and Friday evening, at least one to two feet of powder are predicted. The fun just keeps on going! Enjoy!
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
Light westerlies at 5-10 this morning pick up for a few hours midday to 13-16 from Stevenson to Arlington and then back off to light wind in the central Gorge. River flow is 104kcfs, river temp is 36, and forecast high is 48 degrees. Monday looks calm or nearly so in the central Gorge with 18-22 west of Hood River and east of The Dalles. High temp: 51. Tuesday starts with calm wind in the central Gorge and 10-13 in the east and west. Strong offshore high pressure drives gusty afternoon westerlies at 24-27 from Stevenson to Arlington. Westerlies look to stick around for several more days.
Coast, Jones, Sauvie’s
As needed until next spring and summer.
Hood River Weather Forecast
Clouds today might give us a few sunbreaks. Intermittent light rain falls. Temps will be near 40 early and in the upper 40’s later. Light westerlies. 68% chance of rainbows. Monday looks rainy. Temps will be in the mid 40’s early and low 50’s later. Light westerlies. 78% chance of rainbows. Tuesday looks sprinkly. Temps will be in the mid/upper 30’s early and mid 40’s later. Moderate to strong westerlies. 99% chance of rainbows.
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We are in winter riding season, and the trails are apt to be fragile. If it was below freezing last night and is above freezing now, don’t ride. If it was below freezing last night and it is sunny now, don’t ride unless you are under a tree canopy for the entire ride. Freeze-thaw conditions, when ridden upon, result in permanent trail damage. Please consider doing something else, perhaps riding a gravel road in the trees or going to the mountain. Thank you!
Sprinter Van of the Week!
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!