Late May snow covers Mt. Hood

Late May snow covers Mt. Hood

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by Keely Chalmers, KGW Staff

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Posted on May 20, 2010 at 9:29 PM

Updated Thursday, Jun 10 at 2:28 PM

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. --  The calendar might say late May, but don't tell Mother Nature.

While the Willamette Valley saw hail, heavy rain and thunderstorms, Mt. Hood added a new layer of winter-like white.

At Government Camp, it looked more like early March than late May.  Snow piled up on cars, sidewalks, and just about everything else.

The winter-like weather has summer-time sports on ice.  Instead of putting the finishing touches on the summer skate board ramps, Brock Odalovich got an unexpected snow day.  "To stick this low and stay throughout the day like this is going to and actually refreeze probably tonight is definitely atypical," said Odalovich. 

While it’s not all that unusual to get a light snow on the mountain in May, it is unusual to get it to stick. 

"It is definitely odd... a pleasant surprise but we were warned and I hear there a little more coming... so definitely wasn't ready for it," said Greg Moreno with Mt. Hood Adventures.

Up at Timberline Lodge, crews cleared several inches of snow from their parking lots.  Signs warned drivers heading up Timberline road to use chains or traction tires.  Many who made the drive couldn't believe the wintry scene they found at the top. 

"No way... it’s 80 degrees in Texas right now which is where I go to school, so I didn't not expect this, not at all!" exclaimed Michelle Horng, who was visiting the lodge with her relatives.

The snow that was lacking this winter continues to pile up this spring as we head toward the "unofficial start" to summer.

Despite the late spring snow, crews were getting Trillium Lake Campground ready to open Friday.  It will actually be the first time in years the campground will open in time for Memorial Day weekend.  In a typical year, the road into the campgrounds would still be buried from the winter snows. Starting this weekend all but two campgrounds on Mt Hood will be open - but campers are advised to prepare for winter-like weather.

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