PORTLAND -- The Mt. Hood ski resorts haven't yet determined whether their lifts will be opened by Thanksgiving, but a strong snow system should blanket the mountain by the middle of next week, meteorologists said.

Heavy rain and cold temps were expected to bring the snow level down to 4,000 feet by Saturday and 3,000 feet by Sunday, KGW Meteorologist Matt Zaffino said. The system could bring 4 to 8 inches of snow Saturday and another 3 to 6 inches Sunday.

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It's an active system but not as powerful as the system coming in Monday, KGW Meteorologist Nick Allard added. The Monday-Wednesday time period could be dangerously wet.

He said the Metro area and valleys could see several inches of rain, and the some mountain locations could see another five inches. The wet weather was expected to stick around until at least Thursday.

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