Wednesday: snowstorms on the mountain, snowstorms for the Gorge!

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

Hello skiers and snowboarders and Nordic folks. Nordic folks have Wednesday morning and maybe Friday to get their game on. The rest of you are looking at some awesome powder over the next three to five days. Keep in mind that it will likely be snowing in the Gorge as well!

Tuesday night will be clear. Clouds move in Wednesday morning, and snow starts up midday. The snow level will be 1000′ in the morning, 5000′ midday, and 0′ overnight (at least in the Gorge. Temps at 850mb (~5000′) will be -2C in the morning, -5C in the afternoon, and -2C overnight. About 0.4” water equivalent (WE) is forecast between noon and 4pm for 4-6” dry powder. Overnight, another 0.5” WE is forecast for 5-7” still-dry snow. Wind will be SW 5-15 early, E 20 by midday, and SW 15-30 overnight. The east wind could enhance snowfall, and could also distribute it on the opposite slopes to usual.

Snow continues on Thursday. The snow level will be 0′ all day (at least near Hood River, and also for snow quality purposes) as deeper cold air pushes into the Cascade Crest. Temps at 5000′ start at -2C and drop to -8C. During the day Thursday, there will be about 0.4” WE for 4-5” relatively dry new snow. Overnight: a trace to an inch. Wind: SW 15-20 n the morning, SW 10-20 midday, W 10 in the afternoon, and E 5-10 overnight.

Now, let’s take a moment to look at the precip for Wednesday-Thursday. There’s still quite a bit of range in the ensembles and between models. Models are calling for 1.0” WE to 2.0” WE. So… we’ll see somewhere between one and two feet of snow. Heaviest accumulation will be Thursday night. We could really exceed the above numbers.

Turning our attention to Friday and Saturday, we see, again, uncertainty. The ECMWF is all-in on a lot more snow. The GFS is less enthusiastic – some members of the GFS ensemble have NO snow Friday into Saturday, and most have just a few inches. So… between the two, not much agreement. It’ll probably be dry Friday morning. Let’s go with that for now. Looking at the Euro ensemble percentiles through Saturday AM, we have: 10th percentile: 15”. 50th: 20”. 90th: 30”. As always, please vote for the 90th percentile. Either way, looks like a great week on the hill!  

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Gorge Wind Forecast

Hi friends! Easterlies are on the way, but so is snow. For Wednesday, the wind starts with 20-25 at Stevenson and 25-30 at Iwash (Rooster). It picks up to 40mph at Iwash in the afternoon and 25-30 at Stevenson. From Hood River eastward, the wind will be E 15-25 as cold air arrives. River flow Wednesday was 81-136kcfs, river temp is 40.64F. High temp forecast is 34F with snow after noon. Thursday starts with E 35-40 at Iwash and 25-30 at Stevenson plus 10-15 east of Hood River. The wind drops to 25 at Iwash and Stevenson in the afternoon. Snow in the morning. Partly cloudy in the afternoon. High temp: 32F. Friday starts with 35-40 at Iwash and picks up to 50. Stevenson starts with 30 and picks up to 35. Dry, cloudy, and 32F for a high.  

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Very basic Hood River weather forecast. Don’t plan your life around this. You really should read TATAS

A pretty Tuesday gives way to a snowy Wednesday. Expect a nice sunrise followed by clouds followed by wet snow early afternoon on into the night. Temps start near freezing and only rise a couple of degrees. Easterlies. No rainbows. Thursday will be snowy in the morning and mostly cloudy in the afternoon. Temps start in the upper 20’s and rise to the low 30’s. Easterlies. No rainbows. Friday will be cloudy. Temps start in the upper 20’s and rise to the low 30’s. Easterlies. No rainbows. Read Temira’s Awesome Travel Advisory Service on Facebook for a detailed forecast that may help you plan your day.  

Local-ish Events

Please let me know of outdoor-related local-ish events. If you don’t tell me, I don’t know!

Amayah’s Indian Cafe (Biggs) offers a free meal every first Thursday from 1-4pm.

Regular weekly events:. NK Studio’s by-donation Tuesday morning yoga class is back. 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. The Tri Club is done for the season. 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.  


Regarding the trails in general: don’t ride in the mud. You’ll damage the trails. Don’t ride trails if it was below freezing the previous night and is above freezing when you want to ride. Ride gravel. Ride your trainer. Build trails. There are trail builders seeking extra hands on seven additional miles of trail on Whoopdee. Contact HRATS for more information. 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.