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Mt. Hood Forecast
Partly cloudy sky Tuesday morning gives way to cloudy weather in the afternoon and snowfall overnight. That’s our snowiest weather until Saturday or Sunday, when heavier precipitation might materialize. And might now. Generally speaking, the weather this week will be cool enough to keep the groom as packed powder. Enjoy!
Looking at Tuesday, we see a partly cloudy start. Clouds build as the day goes on, and snow starts up around 4pm. The snow level will be 500′ early, 1000′ in the afternoon, and 1500-2000′ after midnight. About 0.4” water equivalent (WE) is forecast, for 4-5” of dry, fluffy, light powder. Yum! Wind: S 5-15 early, S 15-30 in the afternoon and evening, and SW 10-20 after midnight.
Light snowfall early Wednesday gives way to partly cloudy sky and then light snowfall in the afternoon. The snow level will be 2000′ early and will rise to 3500′ or so in the afternoon based on 850mb temps. About 0.1” WE is forecast overnight, for another inch of decent quality snow. Wind: SW 10-20 early, SSW 10-30 in the afternoon, and SW 10-25 overnight.
Thursday looks cloudy in the morning and partly cloudy in the afternoon with mostly cloudy weather after midnight. Scattered flurries are possible during the day with no accumulation. The snow level will be about 3500′ during the day and 2500′ after midnight. Wind: SW 10-25 early, SW 0-10 in the afternoon, and SW 0-5 overnight.
Flurries are in the forecast Friday. After that, models diverge. There are hints of precipitation for the weekend, and it does appear that temps will stay just cool enough for that precipitation to fall as snow. We’ll keep an eye on it, and in the meantime, enjoy the excellent groom!
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
Easterlies start the day at 15-20 at Stevenson and Viento with 30-35 at Rooster and 5-15 east to Arlington. Afternoon wind picks up to 35-45 at Stevenson and Rooster with 10-15 east to Arlington. River flow is 165kcfs, river temp is 39 degrees, and high temp forecast is 38. Wednesday starts with E 10-15 at Rooster and Stevenson and Viento with light wind elsewhere. Afternoon wind picks up to 20-25 at Rooster and Stevenson. Thursday kicks off with 20-25 at Cascade Locks and light easterlies at Rooster. Afternoon: calm wind everywhere through the Gorge.
Coast, Jones, Sauvie’s
As needed until next spring and summer.
Hood River Weather Forecast
The Nothing cloud starts the day, and other clouds move in, meaning no sun. Precip moves in tonight, possibly as wet snow, but more likely as slushy rain. Temps will be in the mid 30’s early and upper 30’s later. Moderate easterlies, no rainbows. Wednesday looks sprinkly in the morning, mostly cloudy midday, and sprinkly or drizzly overnight. Temps will be in the mid 30’s early and upper 30’s later. Easterlies. 68% chance of rainbows. Thursday looks mostly cloudy, perhaps partly cloudy later. Temps will be in the low/mid 30’s early and low 40’s later. Easterlies early. Calm wind from midday on. 3% chance of rainbows.
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We are in winter riding season, and the trails are apt to be fragile. If it was below freezing last night and is above freezing now, don’t ride. If it was below freezing last night and it is sunny now, don’t ride unless you are under a tree canopy for the entire ride. Freeze-thaw conditions, when ridden upon, result in permanent trail damage. Please consider doing something else, perhaps riding a gravel road in the trees or going to the mountain. Thank you!
Sprinter Van of the Week!
Weekly events: The Kainos Coffee run happens in The Dalles every Tuesday morning at 6am. There are sailboat races at the Hood River Marina every Wednesday evening. Dirty Fingers has a group mountain bike ride (bring lights) Wednesday nights at 5:30pm. Cheno has an outdoor HIIT workout at Griffin House in Hood River at 6pm on Wednesday nights. There is a BLM rally every Tuesday evening at 5:30 at the Salmon Fountain in Hood River, and there’s a White Coats for BLM rally every Thursday at noon at 12th and May in Hood River. Have an awesome day!