GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. -- After dismal ski reports over the holidays, snow finally arrived on Mt. Hood late Tuesday with more predicted into the weekend.
KGW Chief Meteorologist Matt Zaffino forecast three to six inches of snow Tuesday and Wednesday, with a large snowfall expected Thursday and Friday as heavier storm systems make their way east from the coast.
Zaffino predicted that Mt. Hood would get anywhere from 22 to 44 inches of fresh snow by the weekend with:
- 3-6 inches of snow above 5,000 feet Wednesday
- 6-12 inches above 3,000 feet Thursday
- 2-4 inches above 6,500 feet Friday
- 6-12 inches above 2,500 feet by late Saturday.
When the flakes began falling on Mt. Hood Tuesday, the snow was wet, good for a base, and down to about 2,500 feet. There were close to two inches of snow in the Timberline parking lot by late afternoon.
The Skibowl resort, located lower on the mountain near pass level, had made snow for its terrain park and ski school, but the slopes were still in need of significant snowfall on Tuesday.
“We are all ready to go,” said Hans Wipper of Mount Hood Skibowl. “All we need is the snow. If we can get 20 inches on the ground we can get going on the lifts. Maybe we couldn't open everything, but we’ll open it as we can.”
Zaffino added that the best days to hit the slopes will likely be Thursday and Sunday.