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Mt. Hood Forecast
It’s Wednesday, and it’s another sunny day on Mt. Hood. Sunshine sticks around through Thursday, probably taking the snow to corn/frozen granular. Our next weather system arrives on Friday with 3-7” of new snow. For the weekend, we’re looking at partly cloudy weather with fluffies and cool temps on the slopes.
Details for Wednesday include nothing more than lots of sunshine. The free air freezing level will be 6000-6500′ all day. Max temp at 5000′ will be near 40. Wind: SW 10-20 in the morning, SW 5-10 in the afternoon, and S 10-25 overnight. This morning’s snowpack is described as “firm”; that doesn’t let us know if it’s hardpack or frozen granular, and if we’ll be getting sticky mush or delightful corn snow this afternoon. Fingers crossed for the latter!
Thursday looks sunny as well. The free air freezing level will be 6000′ early, 6500′ in the afternoon, and 5500′ overnight. No precip. Wind: S 10-25 in the morning, S 10-20 in the afternoon, and SW 20-45 overnight.
A sharp cold front moves in on Friday. While this does have a weak tap into a moderate atmospheric river, the vast majority of the moisture will stay offshore. Combine that with poor orographic support for an under-performance in the snowfall category. The snow level will initially be 5500′, and will hold around 5000′ for most of the day. After sunset, it falls to around 1500-2000′. I would not be surprised to see mixed precip during the day Friday, but I also wouldn’t be surprised to see wet snow. About 0.2-0.4” water equivalent (WE) is forecast during the day, for 1.5”-3” new snow. Another 0.2-0.4” is forecast overnight, for 2-4” additional accumulation. Wind: SW 20-45 in the morning, SSW 10-30 in the afternoon, and W 30 after midnight (orographics will help them).
Looking at Saturday, we see the snow level around 2000′ with partly cloudy sky and flurries. Sunday will probably bring a weak weather front and some snow flurries, but the forecast isn’t yet certain. Enjoy your week on the slopes!
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
With the exception of Friday afternoon, wind for the next 72 hours remains relatively light. Wednesday morning starts with variable-to-10 with calm areas too. Easterlies pick up to 10-15 from Home Valley to Stevenson for a few hours mid-afternoon before the wind goes calm again. River flow is 114kcfs, river temp is 40F, and high temp forecast is 58F. Thursday starts calm, builds to 10-15 near Stevenson, and ends calm. High temp forecast: 58F. Friday starts with easterlies at 10-15 near Rooster and 15-20 near Cascade Locks. A sharp front swings through in the afternoon and adds rain to the western Gorge. The wind there will be, well, rainy, and 10-13 or less. From The Dalles eastward, there will be a several-hour period of gusty 25-29 in the afternoon as far east as Boardman. High temp forecast: 54 in the west, 60 in the east.
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Hood River Weather Forecast
Perfectly sunny day today all across the land. Temps will be right at freezing early and in the upper 50’s later. Light and variable wind. No rainbows. Ditto for Thursday plus 5 degrees to start the day. Friday starts with high clouds and a shot at a gorgeous sunrise. Drizzle moves in mid-morning and sticks around all day. Temps will be in the low 40’s early and mid 50’s later. Light wind early. Light to moderate westerlies later. 99% 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!