Wednesday. 12/4. Arctic blast, good snow, and ice storm potential

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 December 4, 2013

It’s winter now, and that means it’s time for the snow forecast!

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Random Morning Thoughts

I think I fell asleep in a moving car last night. That never happens. No, I was not driving.

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast

No snow any time soon, folks, but that doesn’t matter, because the snow on the ground will stay perfect for a long time with near-zero temps counterbalancing the sun’s rays. If you like skiing packed powder, you’re going to have a nice time on Mt. Hood this week.

Temps will be in the single digits under clear sky today. Wind will be NE 30+ this morning and 20-30 this afternoon.

Tomorrow sees temps in the single digits under high clouds. Wind will be N 10-20 in the morning, becoming NW 10-20 in the afternoon.

Mt. Hood sees a few flurries on Friday with temps in the single digits early and dropping to zero in the afternoon with NW wind at 20mph.

Saturday brings clear sky, frigid temps, and very strong east wind to Mt. Hood.

Plain Old Local Weather

Yesterday’s model runs were much more interesting. That huge ice storm they showed for the Gorge on Mon/Tue no longer exists. But don’t worry: they show a new ice storm for the Gorge on Wednesday, coupled with rain for Portland and Mt. Hood. 7 days out… not really worth predicting, but still fun to speculate…

Gorge Wind Forecast

Don’t be silly. The only thing the easterlies will be good for this week is distributing the water from the waterfalls into beautiful ice sculptures. That said, here’s the forecast: Easterlies pick up to 26-30 later today, 30-40 Thursday, 40-50 Friday and 50+ on Saturday.

Road and Mountain Biking

Your bike trainer is calling you… unless you’re good at bundling up. If that’s the case, go ride Post Canyon, which will be frozen solid and out of the chilly east wind. Syncline double-track was more like a river yesterday, so it’ll be too icy, but you’ll find good dirt, assuming it stays frozen and doesn’t thaw in the sun, on Maui and Moab. Betcha Nestor Peak will be good too, if you can stand the single-digit temps at the top. Maybe this is a good opportunity to ride Eagle Caves (Eagle’s Cave?) in The Dalles and Crawford Oaks near Horsethief Butte. Sunny and frozen sounds good to me.

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Events – email me if I’ve missed any outdoor-related events

Kayak Polo happens at the Hood River pool tonight at 8pm. And… uh.. I meant to say that Karma Yoga is today at Flow at 4pm.

Have an awesome day today!