Heading to Hood? Bring your chains

Heading to Hood? Bring your chains

MOUNT HOOD, Ore. - Folks have been heading up to Mount Hood for a chance to play in the first mountain snowfall of the season but drivers are being advised to use caution and to make sure they are carrying chains.

That's because conditions on the mountain have been changing - sometimes the snow is soft and fluffy and other times it's been icy and sleet-like.

"We planned on coming here, but not for this," said Harry O'Neill, a tourist from back East who admitted he wasn't quite prepared for snow. "We're from Connecticut - first time in Oregon. I've had this happen back there, but not in October."

The ski resorts usually don't open until Thanksgiving but with snow already building up on the mountain, they could open early this season, possibly even by this weekend. Timberline, for example, already has close to two feet of fresh snow.

According to KATU Meteorologist Rhonda Shelby, a winter storm warning remains in effect for the Cascades and another five to 12 inches of snow is possible throughout the day on Tuesday.