PORTLAND -- The weather forecast shows little hope for a Thanksgiving opening at Mt. Hood ski resorts, according to KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill.
"October finished with two feet of snow on the mountain, but last week's warm air melted hopes away and left ski slopes rocky and barren," Hill said.
Snow showers for the rest of this week will likely bring very little accumulation, he said. Snow levels could drop down to about 5,000 feet overnight Sunday and Monday, but more will be needed.
"There is hope for snow the week of Thanksgiving, and still plenty of time for forecast charts to brew up a cold snowy change," he said. And a strong system can bring several feet of snow within just a few days.
The last time resorts were still closed at Thanksgiving was November, 2008, when Timberline did not open until December 20. But it turned out to be a good year for skiers and snowboarders after the slow start.
By Thanksgiving last year, Mt. Hood Meadows had a 37-inch base and Timberline had a 54-inch base.
The winter forecast calls for near- to below-normal snow. The last low-snowpack season was 2004-2005, when Mt. Hood ended the season at 44 percent of normal.