GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. -- This week's "whiplash weather" quickly brought Mt. Hood from spring to a deep blast of winter, and then straight back toward summer in just three days.
A Winter Weather Advisory was in effect for the Cascade passes Tuesday, traction devices were required Wednesday and Government Camp will likely see a high in the mid-50s Thursday and get into the 60s by the weekend.
"Wednesday was a rare snowy morning in May at Timberline Lodge," said KGW meteorologist Rod Hill. "Not rare because of the snow, but rare because of the depth."
Between Monday night and Tuesday night the resort reported 28 inches.
"The snowstorm hit Mt. Hood like a mid-winter dump and it's quite rare for so late in the season," Hill said. "Snow levels during the storm dropped to just above 3,000 feet, bringing the traction tire or chain requirement."
Still looks like winter at Mt. Hood
Here's a live look at some of our Mt. Hood pass cams, where it still looks like winter! (This is US 26 at: Govt Camp Lp.; Govt. Camp Maintenance Rd.; Trillium Lake; and Ore. 35)Posted by KGW-TV on Wednesday, May 17, 2017
The weather system brought the snow total at Timberline up over 600 feet for the season, which is nearly 100 feet more than the winter of 2015-2016.
"Historical records for mid-May snowstorms are difficult to find, because most snowpack measurements end for the season on May 1," Hill said, "and this forecaster also stops logging the snowpack as May begins."
The snow level rose to 5,000 feet later Wednesday, melting snow and improving travel conditions.
As the temperature in Portland rises into the 70s Thursday, the passes will get into the mid-50s.