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Holiday travelers headed over mountain passes race to beat snow

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Sunday afternoon, highways across Oregon were packed with cars filled with people headed home from the long Thanksgiving weekend.

On Highway 26, drivers were racing against the clock to get home before a winter storm was set to hit the Northwest.

"It has been really easy so far," said traveler Jamie McKinney-Fousek. "The roads have been super clear."

McKinney-Fousek is one of several drivers who stopped in Government Camp on her way home. She spent the holiday visiting family.

"I come over this every time this year to go back and see my parents," McKinney-Fousek said. "This is one of the easiest drives I have had over the pass."

She says she did leave early to head back to beat any snow in the mountain passes.

"I would rather not have to deal with chains and four-wheel drive and everything, so if I can avoid it, I'm going to plan for it and I'm going to do it," McKinney-Fousek said.

On the other side of Mount Hood, it was all smiles and word that more snow was on the way. 

Skiers and snowboarders at Mt. Hood Meadows were enjoying the opening weekend.

"It's pretty nice, it's not super packed," said Dawson Neal.  

Many here were not fazed by the gusty winds, cold temperatures, and occasional flurry. 

"It's awesome," said Alec Beckley said. "Nice and early season."

Neal added, "It's pretty exciting. It's just the beginning of the year, so hopefully we'll get some more snow."

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