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Mt. Hood Weather ForecastClear sky on the mountain Tuesday gives way to some flurries overnight. Another round of sunny weather on Wednesday gives way to snow by midday Thursday. Light snow continues through Friday, and then the weather taps into a narrow atmospheric river. Heavier snow results, continuing through Saturday night.
For Tuesday, expect a sunny morning on the mountain. High clouds may move in this afternoon along with some lower-level thicker, snow-producing clouds. The snow level will be 6500′ in the morning and 2000′ from the afternoon on. Just 0.1” water value (WV) falls tonight, for up to 1” of new snow. Wind will be NW 30 in the morning, NW 40 in the afternoon, and NNW 15 after midnight.
Wednesday may see a few flurries, but will definitely have sunshine too. The snow level will be 2000′ early. The free air freezing level will rise to 8000′ (sub-freezing below 4000′ as an inversion develops) in the afternoon and will fall to 7000′ overnight. Just a trace of snow falls. Wind: NNW 15 early, NNW 5 in the afternoon, W 15 overnight.
Thursday starts out clear but quickly turns snowy, perhaps by mid-morning. The snow level will be 7000′ early, 3000′ in the afternoon, and 1500′ overnight. About 0.3” WV falls during the day, for 2-3” of standard-issue snow. Another 0.2” falls as 2-3” of dry powder overnight. Wind will be W 15 early, W 30 in the afternoon, and W 35 after midnight.
Friday brings light snowfall with the snow level between 1500′ and 2000′. About 0.3” WV falls during the day, for 3-4” of powder. Another .1-.2” WV falls overnight, for an inch or two more. Wind: W 35 during the day and W 20-25 in the evening and overnight.
The GFS and ECMWF agree on heavier snowfall Saturday morning through Sunday morning. The snow level will be 1500-2500′. The current forecast is 1.5 to 2.0 feet of new snow, depending on exactly where the atmospheric river lines up. There’s also a chance of a brief switch to mixed precip Saturday night into Sunday, which could impact snow quality. That said, most of the precip will fall as snow, setting up a good weekend on Mt. Hood!
Gorge Wind ForecastTuesday’s looking like a pretty good day to spend on the river. Morning gradients of .08 and .09 indicate a solid day of westerlies on the way. Strong offshore high pressure combines with a weak system this afternoon for a seasonally-inappropriate spike in the westerlies. Expect 18-22 to start the day from Viento to Mosier. The wind builds to gusty 25-29 from Stevenson to Arlington this afternoon. This is the sort of setup where Swell does not benefit. The wind will probably be in the low 20’s there. Still… there’s a good chance the Viento to Hood River downwinder is a go today. River flow is 218kcfs, temp is 39 degrees, and high temp today is forecast for 51.
Wednesday starts with 7-10 or less through the whole Gorge. Offshore high pressure drives westerlies that beat model predictions: expect 14-17 from Stevenson to Hood River in the afternoon. An approaching frontal system on Thursday will drive gusty moderate west wind. Expect gusty 17-20 from Stevenson to The Dalles all day. Afternoon wind picks up to gusty 23-26 east of The Dalles. The current forecast for Friday is gusty 22-25 east of Mosier.
COAST, JONES, SAUVIE’S: Detailed forecast is on winter break.
Hood River Weather ForecastMostly clear sky this morning will pick up some clouds this afternoon and perhaps just a few sprinkles after 4pm. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and near 50 later. Moderate to strong westerlies. 2% chance of rainbows. Wednesday looks partly cloudy with a few scattered sprinkles. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and near 50 later. Light to moderate westerlies. 5% chance of rainbows. Thursday starts out with partial Nothing and turns rainy in the afternoon. Temps will be in the mid 30’s early and upper 40’s later. Moderate westerlies. 99% chance of 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 BikingTemps have stayed stubbornly above freezing at river level the last few days. If you’re biking below 1000′ to 1500′, you’re probably going to be okay. Above that, expect freeze-thaw mud. Please turn around so you don’t damage the trails permanently! Enjoy the mid-winter dirt, gravel, and pavement!
Upcoming EventsIt’s Tuesday: at 6am on Tuesday’s, you can do the Kaino’s coffee run in The Dalles for a free cup of coffee, or you can do Zen meditation at Trinity Natural Medicine in Hood River. At 5:15 tonight, there’s a silent hour of meditation at Yoga Samadhi, and there’s guided meditation at 6:30. There’s free youth yoga at HAVEN in The Dalles at 6, and there’s Zumba Gold at the Hood River Adult Center at 6.
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Have an awesome day today!