Sunday: dumping snow for mt. hood! westerlies for the gorge! yay!

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

Hey everyone! Here we go with a week of almost-all snow and tons of moisture. Between Sunday night (when I’m writing this) and next Friday morning, models give us 4.5” to 6.0” water equivalent for 4 to 6 feet of new snow. Excellent! Best power? Probably Monday, but Thursday won’t be too shabby either. Let’s talk about some details so you can plan your week.

For Sunday night, it’ll be ripping windy and dumping snow thanks to orographic assistance. The snow level falls from 4000′ Sunday afternoon to 1000′ around midnight and 500-1000′ after midnight. About 1.5” water equivalent (WE) is forecast overnight for 13-18” of increasingly dry snow. It is windy enough that the snow could be wind affected – drifting, sastrugi, windslab are all possible. Make sure you have avy gear and ride with a partner on Monday. Snow continues on Monday. The snow level will be 500-1000-‘ early, 1500′ in the afternoon, and as low as 0’ overnight into Tuesday. About 0.5” WE is forecast Monday daytime for 6-7” powder. Another 0.3” WE falls overnight for 3-4” additional powder. Given the wind direction, we could see 20-30% more snow. Wind: WNW 35-40 early, WNW 20-30 in the afternoon, and W 25 overnight.

Light snow on Tuesday gives way to heavier snow overnight. The snow level will be 0′ in the morning, 2000′ in the afternoon, and 4000′ overnight. About 0.3” WE falls during the day for 3-4” dry powder. Overnight, 0.7” WE of increasingly heavy snow falls atop the fluffy stuff. Wind: W 25-30 all day turning to WSW 20-40 overnight.

Wednesday looks warmer – snow level 4000′ during the day – with a couple inches of fresh snow during the day. Very heavy precip is forecast overnight – 1.2” WE or so. Temps at 5000′ are forecast to rise to +1C, so we could see a brief switchover to snain. That said, the precip intensity will be so high that it might just stay snow. Wind will be very strong, but it’ll be from the SW. This will limit orographic enhancement. Still… 1-1.5 feet of snow are forecast for the 24 hours period. Cooler weather with additional snow is forecast Thursday into Friday. Next weekend looks cool. In other words, this will be a great powder week, and the snowpack will stay excellent all the way through (at least) next weekend. Sounds good to me. Enjoy!  

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Gorge Wind Forecast

Hi friends! We learned today that a strong NW cold front can drag the wind down to the surface in the eastern Gorge, even if the direction won’t be right for Rufus. Good to know, because we may see a similar situation play out Wednesday. For Monday, we’ll have a cold front pushing inland plus offshore high pressure plus a low in the desert. Reality may beat the models, and the models look good. Early wind will be 11-14 from Stevenson to Boardman. The wind jumps up after sunrise and hangs on all day. We should have 26-30 from Avery to Boardman with 13-16 from Stevenson to The Dalles. It’ll be rainy west of The Dalles pretty much all day. Head east for better results and better Indian food at Amayah’s in Biggs. The website I use for river flow is down right now, but the other one says 152kcfs (I assume that’s the max). River temp is 42.4F, and high temp forecast is 42F.

Tuesday starts with westerlies at 5-10mph or less all through the Gorge. Afternoon wind rises to 11-14 from Stevenson to Threemile. High temp: 43F with light snow early and intermittent drizzle to Rowena in the afternoon. Wednesday’s just got too much variation in the models to make a call. We are looking at westerlies, and they’ll probably be strongest out east. But we’ll have to wait a run or three and see what the models say tomorrow. High temp: somewhere in the mid 40’s, probably. Hope to see you on the river on Monday!  

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

Looks like a wet week. Monday starts with snain and turns rainy. Temps start in the mid 30’s and rise to the low 40’s. Moderate westerlies. 99% chance of rainbows. Tuesday starts with light snow and turns drizzly, with more intensity early. Temps start in the low 30’s and rise to the low 40’s. Light westerlies. 99% chance of rainbows. Wednesday will be rainy, then dry late morning, then rainy again and pouring overnight. Temps start in the mid 30’s and rise to the upper 40’s. Moderate westerlies. 99% chance of 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!

On Thursday, March 21st, you can watch the BEST MOVIE EVER, The Neverending Story, at the Trout Lake Hall at 5pm (free).

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.