MOUNT HOOD, Ore. (KOIN) — The snow is falling on and near Mount Hood, a welcome site for skiers but a tricky path for drivers.
Thursday will be the worst time to drive over mountain passes. The weather will be windy with snow accumulations around 8-12 inches.
The mountain got a few inches of snow Wednesday and an additional 1-2 inches fall overnight. The snow is picking up Thursday morning and is supposed to get heavier throughout the day. Meadows expects to gain 2-3 more feet of snow over the next few days.
“We are enjoying the start of what we think is going to be the big storm that will get us open up for the season,” said Mt. Hood Meadow’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing Dave Tragethon.
Crews are using snow plows to move snow from the lower levels of the park up the mountain. The park also uses what they call snow makers to supplement areas around the lifts, so they can start the season as early as possible.
“We just need a little bit more natural snow before we can actually put things in action,” said Tragethon.
This is the park’s third attempt to open the season. Tragethon said the base area got around 2 feet of snow around Thanksgiving but quite a bit of rain followed melting off the snow pack.
Mt. Hood Meadows is live streaming on their Facebook page at 10:30 a.m. Friday to discuss when they expect the season to start.
A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 9 p.m. Thursday with snow expected above 2000 feet. Travel could be very difficult all across the Cascades.
Both Mount Hood Meadows and Timberline are hoping a heavy snow brings skiers to the resorts.
KOIN 6 News will have more information throughout the day.