Wednesday-Thursday: some sunshine, then a marginal mountain forecast…

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 December 4, 2019

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The Forecast

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

Clear sky sticks around for a good portion of Wednesday and Thursday. Clouds move Thursday evening as an offshore low sends warm, moist air over the region. Precipitation falls Friday through Sunday. Models seem to agree that 5000′ temps will remain “too warm” on Friday and Saturday for snow. Model disagreement late Saturday into Sunday leaves the forecast up in the air.

For Wednesday, expect mostly clear sky on the mountain. The free air freezing level will be 6000′ early and 6500′ for the afternoon and evening. Wind will be SW 10-15 all day. Thursday starts clear and turns cloudy. The free air freezing level will be 6000′ to 6500′. Wind will be SW 10-15 during the day and SW 20-25 overnight.

That previously mentioned offshore low sends some precipitation to Mt. Hood starting Friday morning. It appears that 5000′ temps will be 2-4F at that time, meaning we’re probably not looking at snowfall. The snow level will be 6000′ all day, falling to 5500′, maybe, overnight. About 0.2” water value (WV) falls as rain or mixed precip during the day. Another 0.2”-0.3” WV falls overnight as rain switching to mixed precip. No accumulation at 5000′. Wind will be SW 20-25 all day and SW 25-30 overnight.

Saturday starts out cloudy. Precip moves in during the afternoon. This is when models disagree – the GFS has that offshore low moving inland, which would increase precipitation overnight and also drop the snow level a bit. The ECMWF has neither of these things happening Saturday night. So, it’s not really possible to make a precise prediction about the weekend weather. Generally speaking, 5000′ temps will fall into the 0-2F range, borderline for snow at 5000′ no matter how much precipitation heads to Mt. Hood. Following the weekend, we’re looking at a couple of dry days for the region.  

Gorge Wind Forecast

Easterlies continues through at least Saturday… For Wednesday, expect 15-20 at Rooster, Stevenson and Viento early. The wind picks up to 20-25 midday and backs off to 10-15 in the afternoon. River flow is 109kcfs and temp is 44 degrees. Thursday starts with easterlies at 20-25. They pick up to 30-35 near Rooster in the afternoon and hold at Viento and Stevenson. Friday starts with east wind at 35-40 near Rooster and 20-25 near Stevenson. Afternoon wind looks like 30-35 near Rooster and 25-30 near Stevenson.

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

Hood River Weather Forecast

The Nothing cloud is out in full force on Wednesday morning. It should disappear by afternoon, leaving us with sunshine. Temps will be right near freezing early and in the low 40’s later. East wind. No rainbows. Thursday starts with Nothing, may clear midday, and then turns cloudy in the evening. Temps will be near freezing early and in the low 40’s later. East wind. No rainbows. Friday starts cloudy with nothing. Precip arrives in the form of rain or snain (wet snow) for river level around 7am. Drizzle continues all day. East wind. No rainbows. Drizzle continues all weekend.   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

Well… now there is snow all over the trails. Post Canyon is likely still rideable due to it being frozen solid and not much snow making it through the canopy. Stay off Syncline due to freeze-thaw potential. Same for Whoopdee and hospital hill. Upper elevation trails near Mt. Hood are probably buried now, but trails on the Washington side may still be clear.  

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