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The Forecast

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

Light snowfall is forecast all day on Saturday. That’s followed by stormy weather on Sunday, dry weather Monday, and another round of snow on Tuesday. After that: dry weather for a bit, most likely. Let’s look more closely at Saturday…

Mostly cloudy sky with very light snow sticks around all day. Snowfall picks up overnight. The snow level will be 4000′ all day long. About 0.1” water equivalent (WE) is forecast during the day for an inch of new. Overnight, about 0.3” WE is forecast. Call that 3” of 10:1 snow, moderate quality, evenly distributed. Wind will be SW 15-30 this morning, S 10-20 this afternoon, and SSW 10-15 overnight.

The wind ramps up quickly on Sunday, and orographics aid snow totals. Models still have a fair bit of spread in their thoughts on how much snow will fall. The snow level will be 4000′ in the morning, 2500′ in the afternoon, and 1000′ after midnight. About 0.5-0.8” WE is forecast during the day for 5-8” new snow. Overnight: 0.3-0.4” WE for 3-4” more. That’ll be fluffy powder. The daytime snow will start dense and turn fluffy. Wind: SSW 10-15 around dawn quickly rises to W 40, holds all day, and turns to NW 35-40 overnight. Upper mountain lifts will be affected by this wind, and some quads may run slowly.

Monday might start with some lingering flurries, but it should turn clear for a bit. That probably won’t last long – high clouds are forecast in the afternoon. The free air freezing level will be 1000′ in the morning, 2000′ in the afternoon, and 4500′ overnight. No measurable snowfall. Wind: NW 35-40 in the morning, W 25 in the afternoon, and W 25 overnight.

A snowy day is on tap for Tuesday. The snow level will be around 4000′ in the morning and 1000-1500′ overnight with up to 7” of new snow in the cards. Strong west wind accompanies this system, but lifts other than the highest ones should be okay. After that: dry, sunny, warmer weather for a while, most likely. Subject to change, of course. Have a great day!  


Gorge Wind Forecast

Easterlies today (it’s Saturday) transition to strong westerlies on Sunday and moderate westerlies on Monday. For Saturday, daybreak brings 15-20 at Rooster and building easterlies at Stevenson. After 1pm, the wind jumps to 25-30 at Rooster and 20-25 at Stevenson. River flow is 115kcfs, river temp is 38F, and high temp forecast is 44F. Sunday starts with E 10-15 at Rooster and Stevenson. That won’t last long. By late morning, you’ll find 25-29 from Stevenson to Rufus. Afternoon wind shifts east: gusty 17-20 in the western Gorge with 27-31 east of The Dalles to Threemile. High temp: 46F. Monday starts with W 14-17 all through the Gorge. Afternoon wind drops to “light” west of The Dalles and rises to 22-26 from Rufus to Boardman. High temp: 45.  

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Hood River Weather Forecast

Clouds stick around today with very light rain. Temps will be in the mid 30’s early and mid 40’s later. Easterlies. 5% chance of rainbows. Sunday will be rainy in the morning and sprinkly and partly cloudy in the afternoon. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and mid 40’s later. Strong westerlies. 99% chance of rainbows. Monday will be cloudy and then partly cloudy and then cloudy again. Temps start in the upper 30’s and rise to the mid 40’s. Moderate westerlies become light in the afternoon. 2% chance of rainbows.

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Local-ish Events

Please let me know of outdoor-related local-ish events. If you don’t tell me, I don’t know!
There’s a giant, all-hands-on-deck HRATS Family Man cleanup happening on Feb 4th. Please bring wheelbarrows and snacks. Regular weekly events: NK Studios in Bingen has a donation-based yoga class at 7:30am every Tuesday. 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. 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. There’s a weekly group paddle to the Event Site on Sunday at 11 am followed by a free pint at the fire pit at Ferment. That’s the “Paddle n’ Pint”. Also: Wednesday Paddle Sprints at the Event Site at Noon.  


Freeze-thaw warning: trails that froze last night and are exposed to open air (sun or not) are likely to thaw today. If you ride in the mud, you’ll do significant and permanent damage to the trail bed. Be thoughtful about your riding choices as we enter this dry period. If it was below freezing the night before your ride, don’t ride trails that are exposed to the open air. Those trails will have freeze-thaw conditions, and you’ll do major damage. Consider gravel riding! 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.