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Mt. Hood Snow Forecast
It’s going to be a beautiful sunny day on the slopes (it’s Wednesday), and the same goes for tomorrow. Stormy, snowy weather moves in on Friday followed by colder weather and orographic easterlies on Saturday. Then we see a few very cold, sunny days before models start to disagree on precipitation amounts and temps.
If you head up to shred today, you’ll find hardpack groomers that will probably soften up in the sun. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be 6500′ this morning, 7500′ this afternoon, and 7000′ overnight. Wind will be N 10+ all day turning to NW 15-25 overnight.
Thursday will be clear all day. A wee bit of snow falls after midnight. The free air freezing level will be 7000′ during the day with temps in the upper 30’s on the slopes above the inversion. Overnight, the snow level drops to 2000′ and up to 0.1” water equivalent (WE) gives us up to 1” of snow. More likely, it’ll just be a trace of snow. Wind: NW 15-20 in the morning, NW 25-30 in the afternoon, and WNW 40 overnight.
Friday looks very stormy. Wind may affect lift ops. The snow level will be 2000′ all day and will fall to 500′ after midnight. About 0.5” WE is forecast during the day for 5-6” of unevenly distributed fresh, fluffy powder. Wind: WNW 40 early, NW 35-45 midday, NW 30-35 in the afternoon and NE 5-10 overnight as cold air starts to push in from the east.
Saturday starts out partly cloudy with some easterly orographic clouds. As that cold air pushes in from the east, it could trigger some snowfall from the opposite direction to normal. Models struggle with this, as does this forecaster. For now, lets call it 1-3” new snow. Very cold, very dry snow. The snow level will be 500′ in the morning and will fall to 0′ near Mt. Hood by afternoon as 850mb temps drop from -6C to -14C in the afternoon and -18C overnight. Wax blue. That said, cold air usually arrives later than expected… dress warmly if you’re going up, and strip layers if the cold air arrives later than forecast. Wind: NE 5-10 in the morning, variable to 10 midday, easterlies at 10-15 in the evening building to 30-35 overnight.
Sunday looks very cold, very clear, and very windy with easterlies at 30-35mph all day. That does not bode well for Timberline’s lifts – they tend to go on wind standby with that much east wind. We’ll keep an eye on it. The weather remains cold and sunny through Monday or Tuesday – model disagreement kicks in on Tuesday. Enjoy your time on the slopes today!
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Gorge Wind Forecast
Unusually strong offshore high pressure drives an unusual stretch of winter westerlies over the next few days. Wednesday kicks off with pressures of 30.66(wow)/30.59/30.60 for 0.07 pdx-dls. Westerlies will generally be in the 15-18 range from Stevenson to Mosier today with light westerlies to the east. Don’t be surprised if reality beats that forecast. River flow readings are 75-116kcfs, river temp is 39F, and high temp forecast is 48F.
Thursday starts with 21-24 from Stevenson to Mosier. Winter dawn patrol! Afternoon wind rises to 27-31 from Stevenson to Avery with 23-26 at Rufus and 10-13 to the east. If you’re going to Rufus, try Amayah’s Indian Food Cart in Biggs. It’s awesome. High temp: balmy. 51F. Friday starts with gusty westerlies at 23-26 west of Swell, gusty 10-15 in the central Gorge, and gusty 20-23 out east. After some midday up-and-down, the wind settles at 25-29+ (quite a bit of range in the models) from Stevenson to Arlington. With rain falling to Hood River much of the day, you’ll want to head east of Mosier for the best results. High temp: 46F. For the weekend, we’ll have easterlies and much colder weather.
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Hood River Weather Forecast
Mostly clear sky turns totally clear. Temps will be in the mid 30’s early and upper 40’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Thursday will be sunny all day and partly cloudy overnight. Temps will be in the low 30’s early and low 50’s later. Strong westerlies. No rainbows. Friday will be intermittently drizzly. Temps start in the upper 30’s and rise to the mid 40’s. Moderate westerlies early. Strong westerlies later. 99% chance of rainbows. Colder weather is forecast starting late Saturday.
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Please let me know of outdoor-related local-ish events. If you don’t tell me, I don’t know!
There’s a giant, all-hands-on-deck HRATS Family Man cleanup happening on Saturday, 1/28 from 10am-3pm. Second chance: Feb 4th. Please bring wheelbarrows and snacks. Regular weekly events: Ferment’s Tuesday night 4-mile walk/run is at 6pm. 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 Friday’s at 2:30pm, there’s a free meditation and stretching class (brand new) at Yoga Samadhi. 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. The sprint course is 2 two laps around the sailing buoy near Wells Island and back – 3.5 miles.
Be thoughtful about your riding choices as we enter this dry period. 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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Have an awesome day!