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The Forecast

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

I took a few days off to go on a short meditation retreat, and the forecast looks no more exciting than it did when I left. We’ll see small amounts of rain and snow Monday through Wednesday followed by a heavier dose of rain on Thursday. After that: dry, warm weather for the extended period on the mountain.

Tuesday will be a drizzly one on the slopes. According to Meadows, it’s both misty and rainy. The snow level will be about 5500′ in the morning, 4000′ in the afternoon, and 2500′ overnight. We could have a discussion about how the snow level will bounce around a bit, or we could look at the total precip (under 0.2”) and just say this: rain and freezing mist this morning should switch to light snow midday before clear sky arrives in the afternoon. Less than an inch of snow will accumulate. High clouds return overnight in advance of the next system. Wind: W 25 this morning, W 15 this afternoon, and SW 5-10 overnight.

Wednesday brings light snow in the morning and light rain overnight. Snow level: 2500′ in the morning, 5000′ in the afternoon, and 6000′ rising to 8000′ overnight. About 0.1” water equivalent (WE) is forecast during the day. That’ll get us 1” of snow. About 0.2” rain is forecast overnight, but moderate to strong westerlies could increase that. Wind: SW 5-10 in the morning becoming WSW 15-20 midday, W 20 in the afternoon, and W 30 overnight.

Thursday just looks rainy on the slopes, but hey, it looks warm (50F) in the lowlands! Early morning snow level will be 8000′. It falls to 6000′ in the afternoon and 5500′ under clear sky overnight. Models disagree about the amount of rain. Ensembles call for 0.2” to 0.6” rain during the day. I’m going to add to that due to orographic assistance; call it 0.4” to 1.0” for the daylight hours. Just a trace of precip is forecast in the evening. Wind: W 30 in the morning, WNW 40-45 midday, WNW 35 in the evening, and N 25 (drying everything out!) overnight.

Moving on from the rain… Friday will be sunny. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be 5500′ in the morning and 9000′ by the afternoon. The weekend looks warm and sunny with temps on the slopes approaching, or perhaps exceeding, 50F. Sun. Yay! 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

Light westerlies stick around today. You’ll find, at best, 10-13 west of Hood River this morning and 10-13 east of Rufus this afternoon. River flow is 145kcfs, river temp is 37F, and high temp forecast is 44F. Wednesday starts calm. By the afternoon, easterlies return; expect 15-20 at Stevenson and 20-25 at Rooster. High temp: 43F. Westerlies return around dawn on Thursday. To start the day, you’ll have W10 at Stevenson, W 10-20 at Rooster, and calm wind elsewhere. It won’t take long for the wind to build. The Corridor only picks up to 10-15 or so. West of Swell, you’ll find 20-25mph. East of The Dalles, you’ll also find 20-25mph. High temp: 50F. Warm! Easterlies return by Friday afternoon and stick around for the weekend.  

Coast, Jones, Coast

Done until spring, unless there’s an obvious Coast or Sauvie’s or Jones day.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Mostly cloudy sky adds drizzle through 10am and then turns dry. Drizzle returns intermittently after 4pm. Temps will be in the low-mid 40’s all day. Light westerlies. 92% chance of rainbows. Wednesday will be drizzly all day. Temps will be in the mid 30’s early and low 40’s later. Light wind early. Easterlies in the afternoon. 2% chance of rainbows. Thursday will be rainy in the morning and showery in the afternoon. Temps will be in the mid 30’s early and near 50 later. Moderate westerlies. 99% chance of rainbows. The weather looks dry Friday and the weekend.

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FREEZE-THAW ALERT: if you notice that temps were below freezing last night and will be above freezing today, don’t ride any trail that’s not under a tree canopy. If you do so, you WILL do significant damage. DON’T DO IT! Plentiful rain recently means most tree-covered trails are muddy. Please don’t ride them either. If you do, you’ll be doing significant and possibly permanent damage. No really, please don’t. There are lots of gravel roads and lots of pavement you can ride instead. Enjoy!  

Local Events

Please let me know about events. I often only hear about them if you folx let me know!

Ferment’s Tuesday night 4-mile walk/run is back. Meet there at 6pm. At 7:15am on Wednesdays, there’s a run from the White Salmon Bakery. There’s a night-lit shop mountain bike ride with the Mountain View Cycles crew at Syncline on Wednesday evenings at 5:45pm.  

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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.