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Mt. Hood Weather ForecastThat last round of “weather” on Mt. Hood was just a little too warm for extensive snowfall on the slopes. The forecast for the next week continues with more of the same – borderline temps for snowfall on the mountain. With significant model disagreement for much of the extended period, it’s even trickier to make a forecast!
For Sunday, though, things are more clear. Sunshine sticks around for upper elevations all day. With west wind at the surface, it appears some low clouds could stack up along the Cascades this afternoon, miring the lower slopes in fog. The free air freezing level will be 4000′ this morning, 3500′ this afternoon, and 6000′ tonight. No precip. Wind will be light this morning, NW 10 this afternoon, and NW 5 overnight. Monday looks clear and sunny all day. The free air freezing level will be 6000′ in the morning and 8000′ in the afternoon and overnight. Wind will be NW 5 early, W 10 in the afternoon, and SW 15 overnight.
Tuesday starts off clear. A weakening and dissipating frontal system moves into the Mt. Hood region in the afternoon. Models disagree on the amount of precipitation and the type, making for a tricky forecast. For now, let’s say that the morning starts clear. Clouds move in by mid-morning, and precip starts up in the afternoon. The snow level will be about 6500′ early, 6000′ when the precip hits, and will fall to 4500′ at the end of the precip. The freezing level then falls to 3500′ or so overnight. Models predict anything from 0.1” water value (WV) to 0.5” WV. With 850mb temps predicted to be 0-2C, this is all borderline for snow. With the range of precip prediction so wide, it’s hard to say exactly what will happen. Let’s call it a couple inches of wet snow. Wind will be SW 10-20 all day, turning to NW 10 overnight.
We then move into a period with even more uncertainty. Another system seems slated to move in Wednesday afternoon through early Friday. Models are all over the board on precip amounts with this one. It appears upper air flow will be more westerly than we’ve seen recently, and that the upper flow will have a strong westerly jet component. That bodes well for precipitation amounts. The exact track of this system will determine the temps on Mt. Hood, but I’m feeling hopeful that we’ll see significant snow rather than a deluge of rain. Fingers crossed.
Gorge Wind ForecastThe westerlies have returned to the Gorge for just one day; early gradients were W 0.05 and W 0.01. Westerlies start the day at 5-10 through the whole Gorge and pick up to 10-13 from Stevenson to Moiser. Monday sees the easterlies return. 20-25 is the call all day long at Rooster and Stevenson. Easterlies continue on Tuesday along with some rain. The wind will be E 15-20 in the morning and E 5-10 in the afternoon. River flow Sunday is 99,600cfs and temp is 45 degrees.
COAST, JONES, SAUVIE’S: Detailed forecast is on winter break.
Hood River Weather ForecastIt’s cloudy out there to start Sunday. Looks like it’ll be mostly cloudy all day with sunbreaks later. Temps will be near 40 early and near 50 in the afternoon. Light west wind. No rainbows. Monday looks Nothing in the morning and sunny later. Temps will be int eh mid 30’s early and upper 30’s in the afternoon. East wind. No rainbows. Tuesday starts with Nothing and then turns drizzly. Temps will be in the mid 30’s early and low 40’s in the afternoon. East wind. No rainbows. Looking for a complete Columbia Gorge forecast? Looking for more humor in your weather? Obscenities? You’re looking for my TATAS: Temira’s Awesome Travel Advisory Service on Facebook.
Road and Mountain BikingIf I had to guess, I’d guess Syncline is good. Hard to say with Post, but I’d probably guess that it’s okay too. Same for Hospital. If you head up high in the Mt. Hood National Forest, you will find snow on the trails. Not so much in the Gifford Pinchot. As for road biking, there is now gravel on the roads all over the Gorge, so switch to a gravel tire and you’re all good to go!
Upcoming EventsIt’s Sunday. There’s a $5 yoga class at Samadhi in White Salmon at 9am. The Hood River Zen Meditation group meets at Hood River Foundation for Vibrant Living from 3pm to 5pm. There’s an ice cream social at the Rockford Grange from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. The Teacup Tea Party has been postponed to an unannounced new date.
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