Thursday: looks like a snowy holiday weekend on the mountain!

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The Forecast

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

A warm and sunny start to Thursday on Mt. Hood gives way to snow all the way through Monday. The heaviest period of snow will be Saturday afternoon into Sunday morning as Oregon taps into a weak atmospheric river. All-in-all, it’s looking like a good holiday weekend for playing on the mountain!

Clear sky Thursday morning turns cloudy mid-morning. Snow starts up around 1pm. The freezing level will be 8000′ early. Expect a snow level of 5000′ when the precip hits, 3000′ in the afternoon, and 1000′ overnight. About 0.6” water value (WV) falls by Friday morning, for 5-7” of new. Wind will be WSW 20 early, WSW 35 midday, and W 35 in the afternoon and evening.

Friday looks snowy early, mostly cloudy midday, with another round of light snowfall overnight. The snow level will be 1000′ early, 1500′ midday, and 1500′ overnight. About 0.2” WV falls in the morning, for 2-3” of powder. Another inch of new snow falls overnight. Wind: W 35 early, W 20 in the afternoon, W 30 in the evening, and WNW 25 after midnight.

Saturday brings light snowfall during the day and extreme snowfall overnight as Mt. Hood taps into an atmospheric river and strong west wind. The snow level will be 1000-1500′ early, 2500′ in the afternoon, and 4000′ after midnight. It appears there will be a period of 0-2C temps in the middle of the night, which could result in mixed precip (and icing on lifts) or at least wet, heavy snowfall. About 0.3” WV is expected during the day, for 3-4” of new. Another 1.5” WV arrives overnight, for 12-16” of additional snow. Wind: WNW 25 early, SW 15-20 in the afternoon, W 40 after midnight.

Orographic assistance (terrain enhancement of precipitation) aids snowfall on Sunday morning. The snow level will initially be 4000′, but will fall to 1000-1500′ midday and 500-1000′ overnight. About 0.5” WV falls during the first few hours of daylight, for 5-6” of powder. A few hours of mostly cloudy weather during the day transition to light snowfall, for another 0.2” WV, 2-3” of snow, in the afternoon. Antone 0.8” WV arrives overnight, for 8-10” of fluffy powder. Wind: W 40 in the morning, NW 35 from mid-morning on through the night. Light snowfall continues on Monday with the snow level at 500-1500′. Like I said, a fantastic holiday weekend on the mountain!  

Gorge Wind Forecast

Light east wind on Thursday morning will swing around as a cold front moves inland and high pressure builds offshore. Expect gusty 24-28 from Stevenson to Arlington midday with gusty 14-17 from Swell to Mosier. After the rain moves in, the western Gorge drops to 14-17 and areas east of The Dalles hold at gusty 24-28. River flow is 169kcfs and temp is 39 degrees.

Friday starts with W 10-13 through the whole Gorge. Afternoon wind: 10-13 in the west and 20-23 east of The Dalles. Expect light westerlies all day on Saturday. Sunday’s forecast, subject to change, is gusty 24-28.

COAST, JONES, SAUVIE’S: Detailed forecast is on winter break.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Clear sky Thursday morning quickly gives way to clouds and then rain. Temps will be near 30 early and in the upper 40’s later. Moderate west wind. 99% chance of rainbows. Friday looks sprinkly and partly cloudy. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and mid 40’s later. Light to moderate westerlies. 99% chance of rainbows. Saturday continues with the rain, becoming heavy in the evening. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and mid 40’s later. Light west wind. 18% chance of rainbows. Rainbow chances on Sunday: 99%.   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.   Syncline’s been riding great the last few days. Unfortunately, temps dropped below freezing last night. That means the upper stretches of that ride (above the fence) are likely to have freeze-thaw. Please turn around if you encounter muddy tread; freeze-thaw destroys the soil structure, and your wheels will do permanent damage. Low half – probably fine. Gravel grinding: a-ok. Road biking: good too.  

Upcoming Events

There are several Tai Chi classes at the Hood River adult center during the day. In the evening, there’s pickleball at 5 at The Dalles Readiness Center. There’s $5 yoga at Samadhi in White Salmon at 6, Tai Chi at Our Savior church in Bingen at 6, and Zumba at 6:30 at Mid-valley elementary. At 7am on Friday, there’s the Kickstand Coffee Run, where jogging or walking 4 miles gets you a free cup of coffee and a donut. Coming up Saturday, Shortt Supply has the Cupid Shuffle community run. Trout Lake Abbey has a by-donation daylong meditation retreat.    

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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.