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Wednesday: wild night last night, boring weather coming up.

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The Forecast

Mt. Hood Snow Forecast – 5000′
4a-8a 8a-12p 12p-4p 4p-8p 8p-4a
Wednesday
2500′->7500′
Thursday
7500′->11,000′->8000′
Friday
8000′->2500′

Mt. Hood Forecast

Mt. Hood took a beating on Tuesday night; it appears the power went down for a while. Add to that 3” of rain in the 24 hour period and very strong wind: 46-78mph top of Mt. Hood Express around 2am and 63-96mph top of Cascade around midnight before the sensor went down for a couple of hours. Compared to that, nothing at all will happen over the next few days. The weather will be mostly dry, mostly not windy, and mostly warm.

Looking at Wednesday, we see light snowfall in the morning with clear sky in the afternoon. The snow level will be about 2500′ during the day and 7500′ overnight. Up to 0.1” water equivalent (WE) falls, for up to an inch of new on top of a saturated snowpack. Wind: W 40 early, NW 25-30 in the afternoon, and SW 5-10 overnight.

Thursday looks sunny with cloudy overnight and a trace of rain after midnight. The snow level will be 7500′ early, 11,000′ in the afternoon, and 8000′ overnight. Just a trace of rain falls after sunset. Wind: SW 5-10 early, SW 10-25 in the afternoon, and WSW 15-25 overnight.

Temps drop a bit of Friday; we’ll see the light rain switch to light mixed precip before the sky clears. The snow level will be 8000′ early, 5000′ mid-morning, 4000′ in the afternoon, and 2500′ overnight. Just 0.1” WE falls, for up to 1” of new snow but probably just a trace. Wind: WSW 15-25 early, W 25 mi-morning, NW 15-20 in the afternoon, and light and variable overnight.

Saturday looks dry and sunny with the freezing level rising to 10,000′ in the afternoon. Light wind. Sunday brings light snowfall, perhaps an inch or so with strong NW wind. Not much to report, and not much in the extended forecast either. Enjoy the sun?

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

A maelstrom of westerlies thundered through the Gorge last night. It’s toned down a bit, but you’ll still have an early morning shot at strong wind. However, there’s a lot of debris in the river, and it’s not really safe. Expect gusty westerlies in the 20’s in the western Gorge through 11am with 28-32 east of The Dalles. The wind fades after 11am, eventually turning easterly after sunset. Worth noting are the gradients at 5am: W .19 pdx-dls and W .20 dls-psc. River flow is 177kcfs, river temp is 41 degrees, and high temp forecast is 48. Thursday brings easterlies at 35-40 near Rooster and 25-30 near Stevenson, all day long. Again, lots of debris in the river. And 84 and 14 are closed in various locations, making access difficult. Friday: E 10-15 in the morning and W 10-13 in the afternoon from Stevenson to Mosier.  

Coast, Jones, Sauvie’s

As needed until next spring and summer.  

Hood River Weather Forecast

Cloudy sky this morning turns sunny this afternoon. Temps will be in the upper 40’s all day. Moderate westerlies. 10% chance of rainbows. Thursday brings the Nothing, but it may turn clear in the afternoon. Temps will be in the mid 30’s early and mid 40’s later. Easterlies. No rainbows. Friday starts cloudy with light rain and ends partly cloudy and dry. Temps will be in the mid 40’s early and near 50 later. Easterlies early. Light westerlies in the afternoon. 41% chance of rainbows.

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Cycling

Volunteers needed! Columbia Area Mountain Bike Advocate (CAMBA) is doing small projects at the Syncline this winter: treadwork and trail maintenance. Show that we care and want to protect it! Due to COVID restrictions, work party numbers are limited, so if you can help, contact Ann 509-637-three seven one three. Hikers, runners, mountain bikers, and sightseers all welcome! Do be aware of the possibility of freeze-thaw (muddy) conditions, especially on trails that are not under a tree canopy. Do not ride if it was below freezing last night and is above freezing when you want to ride. The soil structure will be liquefied, and you will do permanent damage to trails. Consider riding gravel roads instead.  

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Local Events

Weekly events: The Kainos Coffee run happens in The Dalles every Tuesday morning at 6am. There are sailboat races at the Hood River Marina every Wednesday evening. Dirty Fingers has a group mountain bike ride (bring lights) Wednesday nights at 5:30pm. Cheno has an outdoor HIIT workout at Griffin House in Hood River at 6pm on Wednesday nights. There is a BLM rally every Tuesday evening at 5:30 at the Salmon Fountain in Hood River, and there’s a White Coats for BLM rally every Thursday at noon at 12th and May in Hood River.   Have an awesome day!

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.