Wednesday: snow, warmth, blizzardy weather, pineapples… something for everyone!

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 January 29, 2020

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The Forecast

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

It’s Wednesday morning, and temps have risen 2 or 3 degrees in the last hour on Mt. Hood. They’ll continue to climb today, drop tonight, warm on Thursday, cool on Saturday… you get the picture: alternating period of rain and snow culminating in a blizzard on Saturday.

For Wednesday, the snow level started around 4000′. It will rise to 6000′ by late morning and then will drop back to 4500′-5000′ tonight. During the day, about 0.8” water value (WV) will fall as a combo of wet snow and then pure rain as 5000′ temps rise to 2-4C. Rain switches to snow tonight for 0.2” WV and 1-3” of new snow. The sky clears by midnight. Wind will be W 30 early, WSW 30-45 in the afternoon, WNW 30-35 in the evening, NW 20 overnight, and light easterly on Thursday morning.

Thursday starts out gloriously sunny. Clouds move in during the afternoon, and a tropical drizzle moves in overnight. The snow level will be 5000′ early, 8500′ when the rain hits, and 9000′ after midnight. About 0.3” rain falls overnight, not bad considering that a lot more moisture will be to the north. A small shift could change our outcome, but for now, let’s be happy that it’s just a little rain! Wind on Thursday; light easterly early, W 25 in the afternoon, WSW 25-35 in the evening, and W 35 Friday morning.

A few sprinkles Friday morning give way to clear sky as the Pineapple Express moves way up north to Vancouver Island. Clear sky sticks around until midnight or so. The free air freezing level (FAF) will be 9000′ early, 11,000′ in the afternoon, and back to 8000′. Mountain temps will climb into the low 40’s – if you’re going for sunshine, wax warm, and keep extra wax available. Wind on Friday: W 35 early, WSW 30-40 in the morning. That wind will build all day, ending up at SW 30-70 (depending on elevation) overnight.

A cold front moves in Saturday, and it’ll be nothing shy of impressive. The snow level will drop from 8000′ in the morning to 1500′ in the afternoon and 500′-1000′ overnight. About 1.7” WV falls during the day, likely as 0.5” rain, 0.5” mixed precip, and 0.7” snow at 5000′. That will give us 5-10” new by afternoon. Another 0.2” WV falls as 2-3” of powder overnight. Wind. Oh my. SW 30-70 early turns to W 60 (for lift issues) in the morning. The wind drops to W 40 in the afternoon, then turns to NW 35—45 around sunset before dropping to WNW 25 overnight. The combo of wind and dropping temps could lead to all sorts of lift troubles: wind, icing… okay, only two troubles, but do keep an eye on resort websites before making the drive.

Sunday: partly to mostly cloudy with flurries in the morning. snow level around 1000′, possibly dropping to 0′ overnight. Precip moves in overnight, for another round of fluffy powder snow. Details as we get closer. Enjoy the wild weather on the mountain this week!  

Gorge Wind Forecast

Light easterlies on Wednesday morning go light and variable midday. After 4pm, the wind turns around to W 7-10 all the way through the whole Gorge. Thursday starts with E 15-20 from Rooster to Stevenson. The wind fades after noon, dropping to light easterly after 4pm. Friday brings westerlies, but they’ll be gusty. Expect 18-22 from Multnomah Falls to Stevenson, gusty 22-26 at Viento, 10-13 from Hood River to The Dalles, and gusty 18-22 east of there. Keep an eye on Saturday and Sunday. Models suggest strong high pressure will build off the southern Oregon coast. This sets up 25-29 on Saturday and gusty 24-28 on Sunday. Saturday’s probably the better bet, both for steadiness and warmer temps (55+ degrees). More details as we get closer.

COAST, JONES, SAUVIE’S: Detailed forecast is on winter break.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

A cloudy start to Wednesday quickly turns rainy and stays that way. Perhaps “drizzly” is a better word. Temps will be near 40 early and will rise to the mid/upper 40’s this afternoon. Light east wind early, light west wind late. 67% chance of rainbows. Thursday looks dry until sunset or so. Rain moves in overnight and sticks around until Friday morning. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and nearing 50 in the afternoon. East wind. 15% chance of rainbows. Friday looks sprinkly in the morning and partly cloudy to sunny from mid-morning on. Temps will be in the mid 40’s early and upper 50’s (oh yes!) in the afternoon. Moderate west wind. 99% chance of morning rainbows.   Looking for a complete Columbia Gorge forecast? Looking for more humor in your weather? Obscenities? You’re looking for my TATAS: Temira’s Awesome Travel Advisory Service on Facebook.  

Road and Mountain Biking

It’s snowy or muddy on all the trails now. Please leave them alone so you don’t do damage. The only exception may be the lower parts of Syncline, but they are probably muddy enough that you will do damage too. Think about gravel or road biking today, as temps should make it into the upper 40’s with just-sprinkles falling from the sky.  

Upcoming Events

Today’s events start with the White Salmon Fun Run, meeting at Harvest Market at 7am. There’s Zumba Gold at the Hood River Adult Center at 9 and senior yoga at FISH food bank at 10. Locals’ Wednesdays happen every week in downtown Hood River. Free parking after 3pm. Select businesses have specials. Tonight’s business is Windermere Gorge Realty Group.    

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Have an awesome day today!