Thursday: snowy on the mountain. snowy in the Gorge!

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The Forecast

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

If you like powder or packed powder conditions, you are going to be one happy camper for the next, oh, extended period of time. We’ll be picking up at least half a foot of powder for each 24 hour period, and that’ll be followed by a period of cold, dry, sunny weather. Consider investing in some hand warmers and a new puffy jacket!

For Thursday It’ll be relatively dense this morning (850mb temps at -2C) and will turn fluffier this afternoon as 850mb temps drop to -4C. The snow level near Mt. Hood will be 0′ this morning (it’s snowing in Hood River) and 1500′ this afternoon. Overnight, the snow level falls back to 0′ near Mt. Hood. During the day, the slopes pick up about 0.4” water equivalent (WE) for 4” or so of new. Overnight: 0.2” WE for 2-3” powder. Wind today will be SW 30-50 early, WSW 10-15 mid-morning, and W 15-20 from mid-afternoon on through the night.

Friday will be snowy early, may see a break early afternoon, and will snow again in the evening. The snow level will be 0′ near Mt. Hood in the morning, 500′ in the afternoon, and 0′ overnight. It’s worth noting that 5000′ temps will rise to about 0C overnight, turning the snow dense, kinda like cookie dough. During the day, the resorts pick up about 0.3” WE, for 3-4” powder. Overnight, another 0.4” WE falls, for 3-4” dense fresh snow. Wind: W 20 early, SSW 15-25 into the evening, and building to SW 30-45 overnight.

Snowfall continues on Saturday. The snow level will be 0′ early and will quickly rise to 4000-4500′. Overnight, the snow level falls to 2500′. During the day, 0.3” WE is forecast for 2-3” dense snow. Another 0.3” of increasingly fluffy snow is forecast overnight. Call it 3” new. Wind: SW 30-45 in the morning, S 10-20 in the afternoon, and WSW 25-30 overnight.

A few flurries linger on Sunday morning, but the day should turn sunny in the afternoon. Moving into the start of next week, the weather turns sunny and trends colder. It’ll certainly be cold enough to hold the snow in packed powder form. Thank the low mid-winter sun angle for that. Enjoy!  


Gorge Wind Forecast

Light westerlies today (Thursday) stick around west of swell. Light easterlies are the plan for the eastern Gorge. River flow readings are 79-119 kcfs, river temp is 46F, and high temp forecast is 37F. Friday will be light westerly prior to dawn. Easterlies build during the day and max out at 25-30 near Stevenson and Rooster. Saturday’s easterlies kick off at 40-50 at Rooster, 35-40 at Stevenson, and 20-25 near Viento. The rest of the Gorge adds east wind at 10-15mph as a low transits offshore. Sunday’s easterlies starts at 45mph and drop to 30mph. Monday currently looks light and variable.  

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Hood River Weather Forecast

It’s an east wind morning, and it’ll be mostly east wind over the next few days. For Thursday, we start with 15-25, fade to E 5-10 in the afternoon, and turn light westerly overnight. River flow is 117-126kcfs, river temp is 44F, and high temp forecast is 36F. Friday starts with light easterlies at Rooster and E 15 at Stevenson. The wind builds to 30-35 by the afternoon and keeps building overnight. Saturday starts with E 40-50 at Rooster, E 30-35 at Stevenson, and E 10-20 east of Hood River. The wind drops to E 25 in the western Gorge and LTE east of Hood River. Overnight, the wind turns light and variable.

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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!
Regular weekly events: Monday brings forest bathing and meditation walk. Meet at 5:15pm Mondays in November at the corner of Arrowhead Ave and Indian Creek Road. Suggested donation up to $20. Ferment’s Tuesday night 4-mile walk/run is at 6pm. 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 Friday’s at 2:30pm, there’s a free meditation and stretching class (brand new) 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. The sprint course is 2 two laps around the sailing buoy near Wells Island and back – 3.5 miles.  


Now it’s snowy on the trails! We’ll keep the freeze/thaw language just in case the snow goes somewhere (which it won’t any time soon). If you ride trails that froze and then thawed, you’ll do major and probably permanent damage to the tread. The Family Man closure kicked off on November 1st – the area around Family Man and Riordan Hill Road will be closed into December. Upper elevation trails, above 4000′, are likely to have some snow coverage. If you’re riding 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.