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Travelers hit the road ahead of snowy, wet Thanksgiving

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It's starting to look a lot like winter on Mount Hood, and while it's beautiful to look at it's could create a less than pretty situation for holiday travelers.

Drivers headed over the Pass can expect anything from slush to quite possibly snow-covered roads. The key is to be prepared for anything and take it slow.

It was over the hill and through the woods for drivers who thought Mother Nature might deal them a tougher hand on Wednesday.

"Actually they've been very, very good,” traveler Liz Hooper said. “I've had no problems at all. So thumbs up so far."

Whether the roads will stay that way is a whole other story, though, as forecasters are calling for heavy snowfall in the Cascade Mountains through Thanksgiving weekend, with a couple inches stacking up overnight

Travelers told FOX 12 they came prepared and hit the road early to try and avoid most of the storm.

For drivers headed east, the Oregon Department of Transportation says they will need traction tires or chains, and adds that it is a good idea to have an emergency kit

It also wouldn't be holiday travel without a whole lot of company on the road, so drivers said they're taking it a little slower and trying to be patient.

All the snow is also getting skiers and boarders excited. Last week Timberline opened a few runs, and Mount Hood Meadows plans to have a limited opening on Friday. For those headed toward Bend, Mount Bachelor is also expected to open on Friday.

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