Tuesday-Wednesday: mountain snow in the forecast!

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 December 10, 2019

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The Forecast

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

Marginal temps stick around for the mountain for Tuesday through Thursday morning, after which temps are forecast to drop low enough for snowfall through Sunday evening. Models hint at another round of the wrong kind of mountain precipitation to start next week, but that’s a really long ways out to be believing the predictions!

For Tuesday, the day starts sunny and gorgeous and rather warm on the mountain. Clouds move in by midday, and precipitation starts up by mid-afternoon. The sounding model suggests the snow level will be 9000′ early, 7000′ when the precip starts, 4500′ in the evening, and 3500′ overnight. 850Mb temp forecast is for 0-2C, so it’s going to be borderline for snow at 5000′. Let’s call it 0.05” water value (WV) by 4pm as rain. Overnight, we’ll see 0.4” WV that starts as mixed precip and switches to wet snow. Call that 2-3” of new at 5000′. Wind will be SW 10-15 during the day, rising to SW 20 in the afternoon and turning to WSW 20 after midnight.

Wednesday looks partly cloudy to start with a few flurries. Clouds move in during the afternoon, and then rain or mixed precip arrives overnight. The snow level will be 3500′ during the day, 6500′ in the evening, and 5500′ overnight. A few flurries fall in the morning, for a trace to 1/2” new snow. Then 0.6” WV falls during the evening, mostly as rain at 5000′ but possibly switching to mixed precip late. Wind will be WSW 20 early, SW 20 during the day, and WSW 35-40 overnight.

The snow level starts at 5500′ on Thursday, slowly drops to 2500′ in the afternoon, and rises to 3500′ after midnight. Combine that with strong wind and orographic precipitation for a solid round of snowfall. About 0.5”-0.7” falls during the day, possibly starting as mixed precip, but switching to snow. That should give us 4-6” of new. Another 0.6” WV falls overnight, for about 6” of additional accumulation. Wind will be WSW 25-30 early, WSW 30-35 midday, and W 40 dropping to WSW 20 overnight.

Snowfall continues during the day Friday before tapering off on Friday afternoon. The snow level will be 3500′ early, dropping to 2500′. About 0.4” WV falls, for 4-5” of new snow. Wind will start at WSW 25 and turn to W 20. As of right now, it looks like we’ll see colder weather with scattered flurries for the weekend followed by warmer, wetter weather to start next week. That said, it’s really too far out to be predicting for the beginning of next week!  

Gorge Wind Forecast

East wind sticks around for a couple more days before westerlies return for a couple days. For Tuesday, the day starts with easterlies at 30-35 near Rooster and 20-25 near Stevenson with 15-20 near Viento. The wind fades to 10-15 near Stevenson and 5-10 near Rooster this afternoon. Wednesday brings easterlies at 10-15 all day. Thursday starts with easterlies at Stevenson and westerlies at Rooster. The wind quickly turns around. Gusty westerlies at 15-20 and rain persist from Stevenson to Viento all day. Hood River will likely see showers with gusty 18-22. East of there, you’ll find gusty 23-27 to Biggs, with Arlington joining in late afternoon. Light westerlies stick around for Friday.

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

Hood River Weather Forecast

Yesterday’s horrific Nothing will repeat today with the addition of more drizzle in the afternoon and overnight. No sign of the sun. temps will be int eh upper 30’s early and mid 40’s later. East wind. No rainbows. Wednesday looks cloudy and sprinkly with rain increasing overnight. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and mid 40’s in the afternoon. East wind. No rainbows. Thursday looks rainy all day, but the heaviest rain will stay to the west. Temps will be near 40 early and near 50 later. East wind early switches to westerly by midday. 99% chance of rainbows. 78% chance of double 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

If I had to guess, I’d guess Syncline is good. Hard to say with Post, but I’d probably guess that it’s okay too. Same for Hospital. If you head up high in the Mt. Hood National Forest, you will find snow on the trails. Not so much in the Gifford Pinchot. As for road biking, there is now gravel on the roads all over the Gorge, so switch to a gravel tire and you’re all good to go!  

Upcoming Events

It’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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