Thursday: more snow for the mountains and the lowlands…

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 January 16, 2020

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The Forecast

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

Light to moderate snowfall continues on Mt. Hood for the next few days. That looks to be followed by a period of warmer, sunnier weather for at least a couple days at the start of next week. Do check the roads this morning before you leave. Both 84 and 26 EB were closed for a period early in the morning.

For Thursday, expect light snowfall in the morning, partly cloudy sky midday, and light flurries overnight. The snow level will be about 500′ for this period, lowering to 0′ Friday morning. About 0.3” water value (WV) falls in the morning, for 3-4” of powder. Just a trace falls overnight. Wind will be SW 15-20 early, WSW 15 in the afternoon, and W 30 overnight.

Friday starts off partly cloudy and quickly sees the arrival of snow. The snow level will be 0′ early. It’ll slowly rise to 1500′ in the afternoon and overnight. About 0.2” WV falls during the day, for 2-3” of powder. The overnight forecast is currently for 0.3” WV, but that could increase dramatically with a small southerly shift of the incoming moisture. For now, let’s call it 3-5” of fluffy snow overnight. Wind will be W 30 early, SW 20 in the afternoon. It’ll build to SW 30 overnight (40 above tree line).

Saturday looks snowy. The snow level will be 1500′ early and will rise to 3500′ in the afternoon and 4500′ overnight. At least 0.5” WV falls during the day, for at least 5” of regular old Cascade snow. If the storm track moves south a little, we get lots more snow. Overnight snow will be just 0.1” WV, for an inch of new. Wind will be SW 20+ early, WSW 35 mid-morning, SW 25 in the afternoon, WSW 30 in the evening, and SW 15-20 Sunday morning.

Light snowfall Sunday morning gives way to clear sky and rapid warming. The freezing level will be from 4500′ early to 7500′ in the afternoon and 9000′ overnight. Wind will be in the S/SW 15-20 range. This is not a good time to go backcountry skiing; rapid warming will cause high avalanche hazard. Other than that, happy skiing and riding to you!  

Gorge Wind Forecast

East wind persists at 15-20 on Thursday morning before going light and variable this afternoon. Models like the idea of light westerlies later, but that seems overblown, so to speak. Friday starts out calm and picks up to E 20-25 from Rooster to Stevenson. Saturday morning brings E 30-35 near Rooster and Stevenson. The wind fades to light easterly later. Looks like easterlies pick back up to 25-30 on Sunday afternoon.

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

Hood River Weather Forecast

It’s a very complicated forecast, and for the discussion and details, I’ll refer you to TATAS. For Thursday, light to moderate snowfall through 8am followed by cloudy conditions. Temps will be in the upper 20’s early and low to mid 30’s later. East wind goes light and variable in the afternoon. No rainbows. Friday starts with low clouds and turns snowy in the afternoon, most likely. Temps will be in the upper 20’s early and low to mid 30’s later. Calm wind early. Easterlies later. No rainbows. Saturday gets even trickier because it depends on Thursday and Friday. Essentially, snow is possible in the morning with a possible switch to rain or freezing rain in the afternoon. East wind. No rainbows.   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.  

Road and Mountain Biking

It’s snowy on all the trails now, and hopefully frozen. This gives you the opportunity to go mountain biking if you so choose. When the trails warm back up, they will be particularly muddy and the trail tread will be particularly prone to damage. If you’re going to do it, get out your fat bike and do it now!  

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.    

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