Sunday: pow on the mountain, brown pow on Syncline

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 April 14, 2019

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

It’s a mighty windy start to Sunday on Mt. Hood, but fortunately the forecast is for a slow decline in the wind. Over the next couple of days, we’ll see light snowfall. After that: warming trend for a few days as spring gets a foothold on the Northwest.

For Sunday, we’ll have light orographic snowfall all day. The snow level will be 2000′ early, 3000′ this afternoon, and down around 1500′ overnight. Approximately 0.2” water value (WV) falls during the day, for a couple inches of snow. Another inch or so of snow falls overnight. This will be light and fluffy powder-type snow, but the wind will blow it all around. Wind: W 30 early, WSW 25 in the afternoon, SW 10-15 overnight.

Monday sees cloudy sky with light flurries. The snow level will rise from 1500′ in the morning to 4000′ in the afternoon, holding there overnight. A trace to an inch of new snow falls during the day. Same overnight. Wind will be SW 10-15 all day and W 10 after midnight.

Tuesday Looks cloudy in the morning and clear in the afternoon with a return to cloudiness overnight. A few flurries may fall in the morning. The snow level will be 4000′ early, 5000′ in the afternoon, and somewhere between 4000′ and 7000′ overnight. Wind will be W 10 early, W 15 in the afternoon, and NW 30 after midnight. Wednesday starts with a few flurries and turns clear and sunny as the freezing level rises to 9000′ Thursday and Friday both look warm and sunny. Next chance for a big snowfall? Not in the next 10 days!

Gorge Wind

Wind: yes, there will be some over the next few days! For Sunday, we starts with 10-13 in the west and 13-16 east of The Dalles. After 1pm, the wind will pick up to gusty 18-22 all the way from Stevenson to Arlington. River flow is 234kcfs and temp is 48 degrees. A low pressure system approaches the coast on Monday. In response, the wind goes calm. We may see light westerlies at 5mph or so early in the morning, but they’ll be gone by mid-morning. End of story for Tuesday.

That low pressure system weakens and moves inland along the California-Oregon border on Tuesday. In response, the westerlies pick up. The day starts with 5-10 in the west and 10-13 east of The Dalles. If you’re in a hurry, you’ll be on the water around 11am when the wind builds to 17-21 from Stevenson to Arlington. Don’t get too set on the western Gorge, because the speed will fade in the afternoon. You’ll still find 21-24 from Rowena to Arlington for a few hours mid-afternoon. Looking long-range, the GFS likes the idea of a big day Friday, but the ECMWF does not. So, we’ll have to watch and wait!

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Hood River Weather Forecast

It’s cloudy out there and will stay that way. Sprinkles are possible. Temps will be in the mid 40’s early and mid 50’s later. Light to moderate westerlies. 18% chance of rainbows. Monday looks cloudy. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and mid 50’s later. Calm wind. No rainbows. Tuesday looks cloudy in the morning and partly cloudy in the afternoon. Temps will be near 40 early and in the upper 50’s later. Moderate west wind. No rainbows.

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Road and Mountain Biking

As for riding: Syncline is brown pow. Post is likely too wet and muddy to ride. Same for Whoopdee – please don’t, or you’ll damage the trails and volunteers will have to clean up after you rather than rebuilding new trails. The cows are out on Hospital Hill, which happens to be private land owned by the Kreps family. Do not take your dog or you 1) endanger the life of your dog and 2) endanger access to the land for everyone.

Upcoming Events

On Sunday, there’s by-donation yoga at Samadhi at 9am. Dirty Fingers has the Sunday Service bike rides at 9am. There’s ping pong at the Skamania County Fairgrounds at 10:30, pickup touch rugby for all ages at 11am at the Hood River Marina, and indoor Ultimate Frisbee at 5pm at Horizon Christian School. The “Sunday Service” ride meets at dirty Fingers at 8am this week or 9am at Holstein’s Coffee in The Dalles. At 4pm, the shop will be showing the Paris Roubaix bike race with beignets.

There’s a swap meet at Windance on Sunday. The Monster and Sea Paddle is at Hood River’s Waterfront Park Saturday and Sunday. There’s free skiing at Summit in exchange for two cans of food on Sunday. Skibowl has free skiing on Sunday.

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Have an awesome day today!