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Mt. Hood Forecast
Light mixed precip early Sunday quickly gives way to sunshine on the slopes. According to mountain-based staff, that precip is not affecting snow quality. The rest of the week, through Thursday, is likely to be sunny and above freezing at base lodge elevations.
Before we jump in, I want to share some information about what it takes for a ski resort to get a lift like Cascade or Palmer or any other lift, for that matter, running following a giant snow cycle like we’ve had over the last few weeks. Take 170+” new snow combined with winds that reached nearly 100mph at times. Then add in two major freezing rain events. Picture giant snow drifts and many-inch thick clear ice on all the wheels and cables associated with lifts. Snow drifts, in some cases, can be cleared (slowly) by snocats. All that clear ice has to be removed by hand, using brass hammers, so as not to deform or damage lift components. Around the base of lifts, hand shoveling is required to remove drifted snow and create legal chair clearance. Compare this to shoveling your driveway after a 170” snowstorm with strong wind, and you’ll have a sense for how long it takes a resort to reopen a lift, all while continuing day-to-day operations. Please be patient as the resorts work to restore access when storms happen!
Expect light mixed precip Sunday morning followed by sun and rising temps for the rest of the day. The freezing level will be 8000′ by the afternoon and will fall to 7000′ overnight. Just a trace of precip. Wind: WNW 20-25 in the morning, SW 5-15 in the afternoon, and SSW 5-15 overnight.
Monday looks sunny. The freezing level will be 7000′ in the Moroni, 6000′ in the afternoon, and 4500′ overnight. No precip. Wind: SSW 5-15 in the morning, SW 10-20 in the afternoon, and WSW 15-20 overnight. Tuesday: freezing level 4500-5500′, moderate SW wind, sunshine. Wednesday: freezing level 5500′ early rising to 7000′ in the afternoon. Light SW wind. Next precip arrives sometime between late Thursday and late Friday. That is likely to fall as rain. Enjoy this week’s sunshine!
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
Westerlies start out Sunday at 13-16 or so most locations. If you want it, hurry up, because the wind will go calm by noon or 1pm. River flow is 96,600 cfs, river temp is 39F, and high temp forecast is 50F. Monday starts with E 20-25 at Rooster and E 15-20 at Stevenson. After late morning, the wind goes calm for a few hours and then switches to gusty W 11-14 from Stevenson to Rufus. High temp: 54F. Tuesday starts with W 5-10 through the whole Gorge. Afternoon wind rises to 13-16 from Stevenson to Rufus. High temp: 50F.
Coast, Jones, Sauvie’s
As needed until next spring and summer.
Hood River Weather Forecast
Mostly cloudy sky this morning gives way to sunshine this afternoon. Temps will be in the low 40’s early and near 50 later. Light westerlies turn calm in the afternoon. NO rainbows. Monday looks partly Nothing early and sunny later. Temps will be in the mid 30’s early and mid 50’s in the afternoon. Easterlies early, light westerlies later. No rainbows. Tuesday will be mostly cloudy early and sunny later. Temps will be in the mid 30’s early and near 50 later. Light to moderate westerlies. No 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!