Snow shuts Sandy schools; 2 ft. on Mt. Hood

Credit: Mt. Hood Meadows

Twenty-five inches of snow fell in the last 24 hours at Mt. Hood Meadows.

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Posted on March 21, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 21 at 12:51 PM

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GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. – Heavy snow that started the first day of Spring continued Wednesday, with schools shut down in Corbett and Sandy.

Timberline Lodge recorded 23 inches of snow in the 24 hours preceding 9:30 a.m. Government Camp had 21 inches. A spokesman for Mt. Hood Meadows reported 25 inches of new snow.

Expect snow to continue falling through Wednesday, perhaps adding another foot, said KGW meteorologist Nick Allard.

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"A large cold front is parked right over the the state this morning," Allard said.

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In the Cascades, no one seemed to be complaining.

Skiers and snowboarders were enjoying fresh snow and business owners were looking forward to Spring Break starting next week.

“I actually just took my son up skiing and he really enjoyed it,” one skier told KGW.

The only unwelcome surprise came in the form of snow and ice on roadways leading up to the Mt. Hood ski resorts.

“It was easy at first, just raining, then it was just snowing and snowing until we got up here, so it’s pretty crazy,” said driver and snowboarder Yancy Cantera.

“Well I’d like to see them get into a chain up area or a wide spot in the road, instead of the middle of the road. That makes it hard for us and everybody else to get around them,” said ODOT Plow Operator Ernest Gesparovich.

(KGW reporter Tim Gordon contributed to this report.) 

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