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First snow fall on Cascade mountain passes

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It's the first time this year that snow has hit the mountain passes, and many people hope this storm is the one that sticks.

The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory for areas above 3,000 feet for snow until 6 p.m. Wednesday.

About six inches of snow fell Tuesday night at Government Camp, with about 10 inches of new snow reported on Mount Hood. 

This time last year, Sabrina Bishop said she was already on the slopes near Government Camp. Bishop has been hoping it stays cold enough for snow to fall and stay. 

“This is really nice, hope this storm is the one,” Bishop said.

One Portland couple and their dogs were seen playing in the snow and said the community in Government Camp is different compared to the hustle and bustle of the city.

“Everywhere you go you’re hearing about the election that’s going on, a riot that’s going on and how angry people are with certain things,” Charlette Regis said. “But up here people are snuggled inside enjoying beer, coffee and hot chocolate.”

The snow is expected to fall through Wednesday but is expected to dry out and change over to rain on the passes this weekend. 

Mt. Hood Meadows Resort and Ski Bowl Resort are not open until more snow is on the ground. A spokesperson at Ski Bowl said typically, it opens around Thanksgiving weekend.

NWS said drivers should be prepared for snow-covered roads and potentially hazardous driving conditions along US-26 near Government Camp and Highway 58 near Willamette Pass.

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation site, drivers should carry chains, know how to use them and to also to check road conditions before driving.

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