GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. -- Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away, but on Friday night into Saturday morning it was looking a lot like Christmas at Timberline Lodge.
Showers rolled in behind a cold front that is continuing to bring heavy snow to the Cascades and gusty winds to the valley.
Six inches of snow fell on Mt. Hood and a Winter Weather Advisory was in effect for the Cascades where 8 to 18 inches of new snow is expected to fall above 3,000 feet Saturday, according to KGW Meteorologist Jim Donovan.
It was a pleasant surprise for those who consider themselves ski bums.
"I’m loving the snow," said Chris Stokes. "Who doesn’t like to see a complete whiteout?"
Drivers may not care for a whiteout. The drive from Government Camp to Timberline was made difficult by blowing snow. It was bad news for guests attending a wedding at the lodge.
"A lot of the people at the wedding aren’t loving it," said Jared McCleary. "People who work here are happy about it."
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The snow started falling earlier in the afternoon. It forced drivers along the pass to ease up on the gas.
"It’s gotten bad here on the top," said Ron Rock. "A little slushy."
"This is the most snow I’ve seen," added Joyce Beedle. "Don’t drive faster than your angels can fly."
Those angels would have no problem flying on Friday night with the wind howling like it was.
"We might have another foot tomorrow and hopefully by Sunday we can open up the bottom part of the mountain," said Stokes.