Tuesday: ski season is looking a whole lot closer…

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The Forecast

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

While the forecast isn’t great for the next five days or so, it starts looking excellent at the beginning of next week. By the 7th of December, about 4-6” total precip is forecast for the mountains, and most of that will fall as snow. Ski season is going to be here before you know it!

Tuesday, however, brings (mostly) the wrong kind of precip to the slopes. The snow level starts at 6500′, falls to 5500′ mid-afternoon, 4000′ in the evening, and finally to 3000′ overnight. A quick burst of 0.4” rain falls this morning followed by 0.6” or so as the temps start to drop. If we’re lucky, we’ll get an inch or two out of this at 5000′. Overnight, another 0.1” to 0.2” water equivalent (WE) is forecast. That’s a couple inches of snow. Wind: SW 15-30 this morning, SW 40-60 midday, W 45 in the afternoon, and W 25 overnight.

Wednesday starts with some lingering flurries, turns clear, then turns high overcast, and returns to clear sky overnight. Just a trace of snow is forecast, and that’ll be first thing in the morning. The snow level / free air freezing level will be 3000′ in the morning but will quickly rise to 8000′ in the afternoon and 11,000′ overnight. Wind: W 25 in the morning, light/variable in the afternoon, and S 5-15 in the evening.

Thursday will be sunny and warm all day. The free air freezing level will be 11,000-12,000′ all day. No precip. Wind will be light southerly in the morning, SW 5-15 in the afternoon, and W 20 overnight. Dry weather sticks around for most of Friday before a potential trace of mixed precip overnight. The next round of snowfall looks to be Saturday night into Sunday. After that, the weather looks cool and damp with quite a bit of snow forecast for the first week of December. Yay.  


Gorge Wind Forecast

Easterlies this morning (Tuesday) give way to westerlies overnight, variable wind on Wednesday, and another round of strong easterlies on Thursday. Tuesday kicks off with 35-40 at Rooster and 15-20 at Stevenson and Viento. By noon or so, the wind falls to 10-15 at Rooster and holds at 15-20 at Stevenson and Viento. Rooster turns westerly in the afternoon, Stevenson goes light and variable, and areas east of Viento should be calm. We’ll see a quick switch to strong westerlies in the evening, most likely after dark: 15-25 west of Hood River, 10-20 central Gorge, and 25-35 from The Dalles to Rufus with 15-25 east of Rufus. River flow readings are 112-131kcfs, river temp is 48F, and high temp forecast is 48F. Wednesday starts with lingering westerlies at 7-10 all through the Gorge. By midday, the wind goes calm, and by the evening, westerlies spick up to 15-20 near Stevenson and 20-25 near Rooster. High temp: 50F. Thursday looks like 35-45 at Rooster, 25-30 at Stevenson, and 20ish at Viento. High temp: 46F.  

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Hood River Weather Forecast

Clouds this morning give way to a bit of freezing rain then heavy rain midday and drizzle in the evening. Temps will be near freezing early and in the upper 40’s tonight. Easterlies during the day. Moderate to strong westerlies in the evening. No rainbows. Wednesday looks mostly cloudy with a few sprinkles early. Temps will be in the low 40’s early and near 50 later. Light westerlies early. Light easterlies in the evening. 11% chance of rainbows. Thursday will be Nothing early and sunny later. Temps start in the low-mid 30’s and rise to the mid 40’s. Easterlies. No rainbows.

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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. 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.  


Out on the trails, we have freeze-thaw conditions. Please avoid trails that are exposed to the open air, in other words, trails that aren’t under the tree canopy. 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.