Ski areas report dumping of new snow

Ski areas report dumping of new snow


by Teresa Blackman, Staff

Posted on December 17, 2012 at 9:50 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 4:02 AM

PORTLAND -- The latest round of snow  continues to cover Cascade-area ski resorts in a thick quilt of white.

The most powerful storm Oregon has seen all year created blizzard conditions in the Cascades.

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Winter weather advisories remained in effect Tuesday.

Chains or special snow tires were required for driving over the mountain and visibility at times was so poor that drivers said they just had to stop and wait for it to clear.

Mt. Hood Meadows reported 15 inches of new snow, Timberline Lodge reported 11 inches Tuesday. More: Ski snow reports

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Many drivers also ended up having to dig their vehicles out, after getting stuck in deep snow.

Wednesday morning, a warm front will come through with more potential for snow before it all turns to rain.

"Near the Gorge, we may have some issues with east wind and cold air, so Wednesday morning may be interesting," KGW Meteorologist Nick Allard added.

Blizzard in Cascades started Sunday

Allard said more than a foot fell overnight Sunday at Timberline and Mount Hood Meadows and about another foot fell overnight Monday.

The Oregon State Police advised drivers to avoid traveling over the Cascades whenever possible, until at least Tuesday.

Driver Paul Tracy told KGW the road over the pass was especially slick on the east side of the Cascades. "There was a truck flipped over, and where it flipped it was pretty icy," he said.

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