GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. – Heavy snow has brought more than two feet of snow to Timberline Lodge over the past three days and it’s expected to continue through the weekend.
The resort was packed Friday with people hitting the fresh powder at the tail of spring break. But that snow was just coming down as heavy rain at lower elevations and officials were looking for signs of landslide danger.
Firefighter Joe Schwab spent Friday assessing high-risk areas and spots where past slides have caused problems.
“I don’t have sediment material in the water, so that's good,” he said as he tested a trouble spot on U.S. 26. "When you see it come down and it's brown and gooky, something new has slid, a new tree or something. That’s when you get worried. But we’re in good shape here.”
The National Weather Service said in a Special Weather Statement that the snow levels could drop down to pass levels over the weekend. And the rain is then expected to continue through most of next week.
Officials across northern Oregon and southwest Washington are watching out for rising rivers and increased landslide dangers.