by Dave Salesky
Freshies in the Cascades!
All that rain over the weekend, over 1.32" Saturday and Sunday has brought a lot of snow the the Cascades. Almost a foot and a half at Timberline Lodge, and nearly as much at Mt. Hood Meadows. All of the Cascade Moutain passes are covered with snow today.
Cold and unsettled air remains over the region and that means more showers are on the way. Rain showers locally, maybe even some afternoon thunder showers. In the mountains the continued showers could bring another 4" to 6" of snow through this evening. A snow advisory will remain for the Cascades from Mount St. Helens in the north to the California border to the south. This afternoon some of the heavier showers could-- read could, bring a mixture of rain and wet snow as low as 1000ft. If it happens we won't see any thing stick to the ground still, I'm sure the phones will be ringing off the hook in the newsroom!
I think after this evening the showers will shut down. I know a lot of viewers are taking to the roads this week, visiting family and friends for Thanksgiving. Tuesday through Saturday will be dry but chilly. At lower elevations roads will dry out and stay that way. In the mountains the snow will remain with the cold and dry conditions. In other words the snow on the mountains will stay in place, once ODOT gets the roads plowed and sanded they should be easily traveled.
For skiers As of right now I've not heard a peep out of of Timberline, Meadows, or Bachelor. As we all know, resorts would love to open for Thanksgiving. I'm sure we'll here something from the resort operators in the next 24 hours.
I've included a link to the ODOT website, this is a great spot to get up to the minute information on road and mountain pass conditions.