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Tuesday: winter returns later this week…

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The Forecast

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
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Tuesday
0′->9000′->7000′
Wednesday
7000′->2000′
Thursday
2000′->0′

Mt. Hood Forecast

Dry weather for a couple days leads to a bit of snow on Thursday, dry weather Saturday, and heavier snow Sunday through Monday. After that, it appears we transition out of this warm/dry period into a week or so of colder, wetter weather.

Tuesday will be clear as a bell on the mountain. The freezing level will be 0′ early, 9000′ in the afternoon, and 7000′ after midnight. Wind: E 15-20 early, SW 5-10 in the afternoon, and WNW 15-20 overnight.

Wednesday also looks clear, but not quite as warm. Mid-level clouds move in during the afternoon and build overnight. Snow starts up around 4am. The free air freezing level will be 7000′ early, 4000′ in the afternoon, and will fall to 500-1000′ overnight. Wind: WNW 15-20 early turning to NW 10-20 in the afternoon and W 5-10 overnight.

Depending on the track of a weak low moving inland somewhere along the central Oregon coast, we could see light snowfall all day. The snow level will be about 2000′ in the morning, 1000′ in the afternoon, and 0-500′ overnight. About 0.3” water equivalent is forecast for the daylight hours. That’s 3-4” of new snow. Overnight: 0.1” WE additional, for another inch. Wind: Light and variable during the day becoming E 10-5 in the afternoon and NE 10-15 overnight.

Friday starts with snow flurries and turns clear and cold with the freezing level at 500′ or so and light wind. Saturday: clear and cold. Sunday: snowy! The mountain’s about to get refreshed and ready for you!

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 on Tuesday start with 30-40 near Rooster and 20-25 at Stevenson and Viento. Afternoon wind drops to 20-25 near Rooster, 15-20 near Stevenson, and 10-15 near Viento. River flow is 175kcfs, river temp is 41, and forecast high temp is 44. Wednesday starts with very light easterlies, turns calm midday, and reverses to westerlies at 5mph or so from Stevenson to Hood River in the afternoon. Forecast high: 45. Thursday starts with light easterlies and builds to 20-25 at Rooster and Stevenson. It may be snowing or raining along with the wind. Forecast high: 39.  

Coast, Jones, Sauvie’s

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Hood River Weather Forecast

Mostly clear sky Tuesday morning turns perfectly clear in the afternoon. Temps will be in the upper 20’s early and mid 40’s later. Easterlies. No rainbows. Wednesday starts with a partial Nothing, probably turns clear briefly, and then picks up some mid-level clouds. Temps will be in the low 30’s early and mid 40’s later. Light and variable wind ending with light westerlies. NO rainbows. It’ll be a close call between rain and snow on Thursday. Probably light snow to start and light rain to finish, but maybe just wet snow all day. 1-2” is possible, especially above 500′. Temps will be in the low/mid 30’s early and mid/upper 30’s later (maybe). Easterlies. 2% chance of rainbows. Saturday looks dry and cold. Snow is likely Sunday.

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Cycling

Partly cloudy sky Monday morning gives way to sunshine in the afternoon. Temps will be in the low 30’s early and upper 40’s later. Light easterlies. No rainbows. Tuesday looks Nothing in the morning and sunny later. Temps will be in the low 30’s early and mid 40’s in the afternoon. Easterlies. NO rainbows. Wednesday starts partly cloudy and ends cloudy with scattered sprinkles possible overnight. Temps will be in the low 30’s early and upper 40’s later. Light westerlies. No rainbows.  

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Local Events

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!

By Temira

Temira Lital is a recreation and travel weather forecaster based in Hood River, Oregon. She's also a mental health counselor. Temira bikes, skis, windsurfs, paddles a SUP, swims in mountain lakes, and has a giant garden. Most recently she's taken up SUP foiling. Temira is powered by La Croix, steak, and beets.