GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. -- Snowboarders and skiers rejoiced Thursday morning to fresh snow falling at Timberline.
Ten inches of fresh snow fell in the last 24 hours, encouraging hundreds of people to hit the slopes.
It s been a dry couple weeks for the mountain, with snow totals lower than normal.
We should see another three to six inches of snow on Mt. Hood throughout Thursday, said KGW Meteorologist Nick Allard. The second piece of this weather system will increase the rain and wind even more Saturday morning producing a lot of mountain snow.
Skiers and snowboarders said Thursday that their snow dances paid off, and they were thrilled at the snow totals. Chair lifts at two of the Mt. Hood ski resorts are already running and more will get turned on as fresh snow builds up the runs..
Timberline Lodge was reporting 23 inches of fresh snow over the last 24 hours, with a base of 43 inches.
Mt. Hood Meadows had a 36-inch base Thursday morning, with 12 inches of fresh snow in the past 24 hours. Six lifts are open, with 3 more on standby and three currently closed.
Mt. Hood Skibowl was reporting two inches of new snow Thursday morning. The resort, located lower on the mountain near pass level, was expected to get as much as 21 inches of new snow over the weekend. The chairlifts were not yet operating but that could change soon, as more snow falls.
The snowfall did create some slick road conditions for drivers, but early Thursday morning snow plows were in full force along the highways and roads leading up to the mountain.