Drive over Mount Hood icy & snow-covered

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by KGW Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on November 12, 2012 at 1:16 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 9:27 PM

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. – Recent snowfall and freezing conditions have made conditions treacherous in some spots along the road over Mount Hood.

Drivers were reporting patches of black ice along Highway 26 Monday morning.

KGW meteorologist Nick Allard was predicting that 1 to 3-inches more snow would fall on the mountain over the next 24 hours with the snow level dropping to around 5,000 feet.

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Steven Davis was on his way from La Pine to Portland when he hit a patch of black ice about five miles south of Mount Hood and started spinning out of control.

"Luckily, I pulled back into my lane just in time, because I was coming up on a corner and as soon as I got back into my lane, a couple of big 18-wheelers came around the corner,” Davis said.

All along Highway 26 there were warnings for drivers, especially those headed to Timberline Lodge. A flashing yellow sign warned that drivers must have chains or traction tires to get up the road.

Mt Hood Meadows was reporting 10-inches of new snow Monday. Timberline was reporting a 16-inch base.  The area ski resorts were hoping to get enough new snow to open all the lifts by Thanksgiving, but for now, that remains uncertain.

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