Wednesday (and maybe more depending on crisis calls): so much snow for the mountain

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The Forecast

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

Last night’s easterly orographic snowstorm did a fine thing – it dropped about 10” of new snow on our already deeply-covered slopes. Yay. We’re looking at a few mostly-dry days followed by a big weekend snowstorm with low snow levels and dry powder. Not so great for the Nordic skiers, but darn good for you lift-serve and backcountry enthusiasts. Wednesday will be mostly cloudy on the mountain with intermittent light flurries all day and some tonight. The snow level will be 2500-3000′ this morning, 4000′ this afternoon, and 2500-3000′ after midnight. Just a trace to an inch of snow is forecast. Wind: NE 5 this morning, W 15 this afternoon, and NW 15-25 after midnight. Thursday starts out cloudy with flurries. It looks like the sun will appear above some 5000′ low clouds by the afternoon before snow returns overnight. The snow level will be 2500-3000′ in the morning, 2000′ in the afternoon, and 1000-1500′ after midnight. A trace of snow falls during the day. 0.1” to 0.2” water equivalent (WE) is forecast overnight for 1-2” new snow. Wind: NW 15-25 in the morning turns to W 30 in the afternoon and holds overnight. Friday will be high overcast with very light snowfall during the morning. Snow ramps up in the afternoon and turns heavy overnight. The snow level will be 1500′ in the morning, 3000′ in the afternoon, and 1500′ after midnight. Just a trace falls during the day. Overnight, the forecast calls for 0.8” WE, or 8-10” powder. Wind: W 30 in the morning, SW 15-30 in the afternoon, and W 35 after midnight. Saturday looks very snowy with a foot or more in the daytime forecast. Overnight, at least another half a foot of snow arrives. Orographic snowfall continues on Sunday, but the snowfall wont’ be as intense as the previous 24 hours. This will be dry, fluffy powder. What a weekend it will be!  


Gorge Wind Forecast

Not much happening for Wednesday… We start with light easterlies at 5-10mph all through the Gorge, go calm midday, and switch to light westerlies later. River flow readings yesterday were 81-122kcfs, river temp is 43F, and high temp forecast is 53F. Thursday starts with drizzly and 11-14mph west wind west of The Dalles. East of The Dalles, the day starts with gusty 18-23. Modes suggest launches between The Dalles and Boardman will pick up to gusty 24-28 with 14-17 west of The Dalles. High temp: 51F. Friday starts with 10-13 west of Stevenson and east of Biggs. The wind basically goes calm in the afternoon. High temp: 49F  

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Hood River Weather Forecast

Clouds this morning go partly cloudy this afternoon. Temps will be near 40 early and in the low 50’s later. Light and variable wind. No rainbows. Thursday will be mostly cloudy with some mist in the morning. Temps start near 40 and climb to the low 50’s. Moderate westerlies. 99% chance of rainbows. Friday will be misty/drizzly in the morning and pouring rain overnight. Temps start in the mid to upper 30’s and rise to the upper 40’s. Calm wind. 6% chance of rainbows.

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Local-ish Events

Please let me know of outdoor-related local-ish events. If you don’t tell me, I don’t know!
The Meadows Strava Nordic race started 3/17. The Women’s Adventure Film Festival plays Wednesday the 29th at the Skylight Theater in Hood River. There is a bike swap at Beargrass Bicycles on April 1st. Sellers check in at 9am. Swap 10am-1pm. April 2nd is an end-of-season party at Meadows Nordic. April 15th at 10am is the “Run with the Wild 5k” fun run to support the Wildland Firefighter Foundation.

Regular weekly events: NK Studios in Bingen has a donation-based yoga class at 7:30am every Tuesday. Ferment’s Tuesday night 4-mile walk/run is at 6pm. There’s meditation with monks at 5:15pm (an hour) and 6:30pm (30 minutes plus a talk) at Yoga Samadhi in White Salmon. At 7:15am on Wednesdays, there’s a run from the White Salmon Bakery. At 7am on Friday morning, there’s a run from Pine Street Bakery. On Fridays at 2:30pm, there’s a free meditation and stretching class at Yoga Samadhi. On Saturday at 9am, there’s a by-donation outdoor group fitness on the 2rd floor deck about Ferment Brewing. There’s a weekly group paddle to the Event Site on Sunday at 11 am followed by a free pint at the fire pit at Ferment. That’s the “Paddle n’ Pint”. Also: Wednesday Paddle Sprints at the Event Site at Noon.  


Cows are going in soon on Hospital Hill. That means dogs are no longer allowed. Even if your dog is cool. Even if you’re a local. Even if … you get the picture! Hospital Hill is private land. Please respect the wishes of the landowners – they’re generous enough to let folks use that land, and dogs have been shot there before. On to trails… It’s muddy – we got over half an inch of rain on Tuesday. Please don’t ride muddy trails, or you’ll do permanent damage. If it was below freezing the night before your ride, don’t ride trails that are exposed to the open air. Those trails will have freeze-thaw conditions, and you’ll do major damage. Consider gravel riding! If you’re parking at Post Canyon, you will need a parking pass. Those can be purchased at many local shops or online.  

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By Temira

Temira Lital is a recreation and travel weather forecaster based in Hood River, Oregon. Temira uses they/them pronouns. They're also a mental health counselor. Temira bikes, skis, windsurfs, paddles a SUP, swims in mountain lakes, and loves gardening. Most recently they've taken up SUP foiling. Temira is powered by La Croix, protein, and beets.