Wednesday: sun, wind, rain, snow…

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The Forecast

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

Intermittent snowfall with cool temps through the weekend sets up a return to excellent groomers and Nordic conditions. Mostly clear sky this morning (it’s Wednesday) adds clouds in the afternoon and snow overnight. The snow level will be 7500′ in the morning, 2000′ in the afternoon, and 1500′ overnight. Flurries start up around 5pm, bringing the mountain about 0.4” water equivalent (WE) tonight. Call it 4-5” fresh snow. Wind: W 30 all day long becoming NW 35-40 after midnight.

Thursday starts with light snowfall and transitions to partly cloudy sky. The snow level will be 1500′ in the morning, 2500′ in the afternoon, and the same overnight with a freezing level of 500′ or so. Total snowfall will be about an inch, and that will fall before midday. Wind: NW 35-40 in the morning, NW 20-25 in the afternoon, and SW 10-15 overnight.

Friday starts off clear and ends with light snowfall. The freezing level will be 500′ in the morning, 3500′ in the afternoon, and 1500′ overnight. About 0.15” WE is forecast overnight, for 1-2” dry, light, fluffy new snow. Wind: SW 10-15 in the morning, W 35 in the afternoon, and WNW 35-45 after midnight. Light snowfall continues on Saturday with the snow level around 1500-2000′. Sunny weather returns on Sunday. Warmer, sunnier weather is currently in the forecast next week. Enjoy the refreshed groom over the next few days!

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

Those not-pesky westerlies stick around for another four days or so before we get a break with a day of easterlies and sunshine. Generally speaking, the overall weather picture for the next four days includes a series of fronts moving through the area. That’ll make for gusty westerlies. But gusty westerlies are better than no westerlies when you’re looking to play on the river!

For Wednesday, expect an approaching cold front to drive increasing westerlies. Morning gradients: 0.10 and 0.06. that hints at a widespread wind event. Indeed…. we start the day with mid teens from Viento to Mosier and also out at Arlington with single digits elsewhere. We’ll probably see a couple hours of gusty 21-24 from Viento to Doug’s late morning before the front shifts the wind eastward. Afternoon westerlies linger in the upper teens in the western Gorge with gusty 27-31 from Avery to Threemile. River flow is 118kcfs. River temp is 47F. High temp forecast is 54F.

Thursday’s NOAA forecast says “windy”, but it’s just going to be your standard westerly day. It starts chilly in the upper 30’s with westerlies at 13-16 or so all through the Gorge, all the way to Arlington. Clouds stick around in the western Gorge all day, and the wind probably drops there in the afternoon to 10-13ish. Head for the sunshine, and you’ll find the wind: 24-27+ from Avery to Arlington in the afternoon. High temp: 53F.

Another front approaches on Friday and drives another round of gusty afternoon westerlies. The day starts calm (and frosty). As that system pushes closer, westerlies pick up to 21-24 in the western Gorge and gusty 25-28 from Mosier to Rufus, maybe to Arlington in the evening. High temp: 58F. Another round of mid-20’s is forecast on Saturday followed by light to moderate easterlies (and sun) on Sunday.  

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On vacation until the end of snowsports season. Will return in April or May.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Mostly clear sky this morning turns cloudy in the afternoon and drizzly late evening. Temps will be in the low 40’s early and mid 50’s later. Moderate westerlies. No rainbows. Thursday starts with sprinkles and transitions to partly cloudy sky. Temps will be in the upper 30’s early and low 50’s later. Moderate westerlies. 99% chance of rainbows. Friday will be sunny all day and drizzly overnight. Temps will be in the low 30’s early and upper 50’s later. Moderate to strong westerlies. No rainbows.

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Brown Pow alert everywhere! Cows are out on Hospital Hill. No parking at the corral. No dogs on the trails. No exceptions. Please respect the wishes of the landowners – they let us use their land, and in return, we respect their rules! Post Canyon: clear of snow to the top of Eldorado, perhaps to top of 140. New Whoopdee: open. Other news: Mountain View Cycles women’s ride is every Thursday, bottom of Post at 5:30pm. Dirty Fingers has Sunday gravel rides. Contact the shop for details.  

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By Temira

Temira Lital is a recreation and travel weather forecaster based in Hood River, Oregon. She's also a mental health counselor. Temira bikes, skis, windsurfs, paddles a SUP, swims in mountain lakes, and has a giant garden. Most recently she's taken up SUP foiling. Temira is powered by La Croix, steak, and beets.