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This photo by Grant Myrdal is from last March, when the snow on Mount Hood got good and stayed good.

The National Weather Service forecast is calling for a mix of rain and snow over the weekend, turning into snow Sunday night and snowing hard through Monday and Tuesday.

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This rider made the most of last Friday's disappointing amount of fresh snow up on Marmot Ridge.

It has been a rough year for powder hounds, and folks are getting desperate. So when the forecast called for fresh snow last Friday, the parking lot at Mt. Hood Meadows filled up early, and the line for first chair started stretching out a half hour before opening.

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Another powerful inversion, with sweet light on Vista Ridge.

A foot of fresh, heavy snow fell on the upper mountain Monday, and hundreds of people were forced to call in sick Tuesday.

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More than two feet of snow brought excellent conditions on the slopes, and treacherous conditions on the roads.

It has been a week of dream turns and transportation nightmares since a powerful winter storm blanketed Mount Hood with more than two feet of snow between Christmas and New Year's Eve.

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Pack shades and sunblock and beach umbrellas, because June-uary is back..

60 degrees at Timberline Lodge in January? Really?

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Mount Hood is just way more fun with snow on it.

Update, Dec. 29: What a difference a week can make! Meadows, Timberline and Skibowl are all open for day and night riding, with one to two feet of fresh, creamy snow to enjoy depending on elevation.

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Every preseason storm brings us closer to days like this. Photo by Grant Myrdal.

A major winter storm hit the Cascades November 13-14 and dumped a foot of snow at 6,000 feet on Mount Hood in 24 hours.

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Between June-uary inversions and May blizzards, Mount Hood weather in 2013-14 was WEIRD.

KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill, who has been making forecasts in Portland since 1999, looked out at a packed crowd of weather buffs gathered for the 2014-15 winter forecast and grinned: "My main message to you this morning is simply going to be: We don't know!"

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