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Thursday: just another day in the wind-snow sports life…

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The Forecast

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
4a-8a 8a-12p 12p-4p 4p-8p 8p-4a
Thursday
2000′->2500′->1000′
Friday
0′->4000′->1500′
Saturday
1500′->0′

Mt. Hood Forecast

Stormy conditions on Thursday morning give way to sunshine in the afternoon and all day Friday. Another round of light snow and strong wind swings through on Saturday followed by an extended period of sunshine starting Sunday.

Looking at the details for Thursday, again, it’s a stormy morning. Snowfall tapers off during the day leaving clear sky and sunshine this afternoon and overnight. The snow level will be 2500′ all day, and the freezing level will fall to 1000′ under clear sky tonight. Just 0.1” water equivalent (WE) is forecast today, for an inch or so of new snow. None tonight. Wind: NW 30-40 early, W 20 in the afternoon, and SW 5-10 overnight.

Sunshine sticks around all day Friday. The next weather system arrives after midnight with flurries into Saturday morning. The free air freezing level will be 1000′ in the morning and somewhere between 4000′ and 8000′ in the afternoon – thank the strong sunshine for that lack of clarity. Wind will be SW 5-10 in the morning and will build to W 25 in the afternoon. Overnight, along with those flurries (trace of accumulation), the wind builds to W 40.

Saturday morning starts out windy and snowy. By the afternoon, the weather transitions to partly cloudy sky with the clouds topping out around 6000′; upper slopes will be sunny, but perhaps not accessible with the wind. Expect snowfall of 0.2-0.3” WE during the day, for 2-3” new snow. Wind: W 40 in the morning turning to NW 20-30 in the afternoon and becoming E 10 overnight.

Sunday starts out crisp, clear, and cold. The freezing level will be 0′ in the morning and will slowly rise to 4000′ overnight. No precip. Slopeside temps will probably be in the upper teens in the morning and around freezing in the afternoon. Wind: E 10 all day rising to E 20 after midnight. Following Sunday is a long sunny, dry stretch of spring skiing. Enjoy!

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 stick around through Saturday giving you plenty of chances to get on the river, even for the Executive Session (after work). Thursday starts with clouds and sprinkles in the west and sun out east with gradients of 0.11 and 0.10. Early wind varies by location, with teens in some spots and mid 20’s in others. Given the gradients, it’s probably going to be a Mosier-Arlington day. Models agree, suggesting mid-morning wind will climb to 24-27 from Avery to Arlington. Mosier might join, but Doug’s and Rowena and Lyle might be affected by cloud cover. If not, you can go there too. Expect the wind west of Mosier to be in the gusty 13-17 range with the exception of always-windy Viento; you’ll find gusty 20-26 there today. After 2pm, the wind starts to drop all through the Gorge. River flow is 147kcfs, river temp is 47F, and high temp forecast is 52F.

Friday starts out dead calm. Calm as a Lama meditating on a llama. It also starts out cold and frost. Offshore high pressure combines with an approaching cold front during the day for increasing, and increasingly gusty, westerlies. By late morning, the wind should climb to 22-25 from Stevenson to The Dalles. In the afternoon, the wind picks up to gusty 24-29 from Stevenson to Rufus with 22-26 at Arlington. That holds through sunset. High temp: 57F.

Another windy day is on tap on Saturday with models forecasting sunshine and 1031mb offshore high pressure. Post-frontal morning westerlies start at 18-23 from Stevenson to Arlington. Clouds in the western Gorge will make the conditions there especially gusty. By late morning, you’ll be enjoying 24-27 from Mosier to Arlington with gusty 14-17 under the clouds in the west. Get out there and enjoy the day; the wind drops to 17-20 in the evening. High temp: 51F. That’s it for westerlies for a bit – Sunday’s forecast is widespread E 5-10 with 15-20 in the usual east wind spots.  

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On vacation until the end of snowsports season. Will return in April or May.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Mostly cloudy sky with sprinkles this morning turns partly cloudy in the afternoon. Temps will be in the low 40’s early and low 50’s later. Moderate to strong westerlies. 89% chance of rainbows. Friday starts cold and frosty with temps in the low 30’s under clear sky. Afternoon temps climb into the mid-upper 50’s. Moderate to strong westerlies. No rainbows. Drizzle arrives early Saturday morning and sticks around through 8:30am or so. After that: dry weather. Temps will be in the upper 30’s in the morning and low 50’s later. Moderate to strong westerlies. 99% chance of rainbows.

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Cycling

Brown Pow alert everywhere! Cows are out on Hospital Hill. No parking at the corral. No dogs on the trails. No exceptions. Please respect the wishes of the landowners – they let us use their land, and in return, we respect their rules! Post Canyon: clear of snow to the top of Eldorado, perhaps to top of 140. New Whoopdee: open. Other news: Mountain View Cycles women’s ride is every Thursday, bottom of Post at 5:30pm. Dirty Fingers has Sunday gravel rides. Contact the shop for details.  

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By Temira

Temira Lital is a recreation and travel weather forecaster based in Hood River, Oregon. She's also a mental health counselor. Temira bikes, skis, windsurfs, paddles a SUP, swims in mountain lakes, and has a giant garden. Most recently she's taken up SUP foiling. Temira is powered by La Croix, steak, and beets.