Snow allows Timberline Lodge in Oregon to open for skiing over a month early

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By Chaffin Mitchell for AccuWeather.com

Many places received the first snowfall of the season as storms rolled through the northwestern U.S.

Parts of the western U.S. got up to 21 inches of snow over the weekend and early this week.

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Snow fell over the higher elevations of the region. Timberline Lodge was open earlier than normal for skiing due to the fresh powder. Typically, they open in late November.

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The summit of Mt. Hood peaks through the clouds at sunrise on December 20, 2006 at Timberline Lodge, Oregon. (Photo by Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images)
Two snowboarders are obscured by blowing snow and ice as they ride the ski lift at Timberline Lodge in Government Camp, Ore., Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009.  (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Skiers and snowboarders are obscured by blowing snow and ice as they ride the ski lift at Timberline Lodge in Government Camp, Ore., Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
In this photo taken Friday, Aug. 6, 2010, skiers and snow boarders from Windells ski Mount Hood near Timberline, Ore. For more than two decades, Windells has staged successful camps for skateboarders, snowboarders and skiers on Oregon's Mount Hood, which is blessed with snow all year round. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
A skiier walks through the parking lot a Timberline Lodge as Mount Hood is seen in the back ground Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010, near Timberline, Ore. The remains of two people have been found near the summit of Mount Hood and officials believe it could be a pair of climbers who went missing last year. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Scores of skiers head to the slopes at Timberline Lodge near Government Camp, Ore., Monday, April 5, 2010. A major storm blew through Oregon over the weekend, dropping up to 33 inches in areas of the Cascade Mountains, making a dismal snowpack a little healthier. According to the Army Corps of Engineers, valley reservoirs are up nearly 20 percent, but experts say spring storms will play a crucial role in replenishing the water supply and compensating for the low snowpack. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Snowboarders head past snow-covered trees on their way to the slopes of Mount Hood past Timberline Lodge near Government Camp, Ore., Monday, April 5, 2010. A major storm blew through Oregon over the weekend, dropping up to 33 inches in areas of the Cascade Mountains, making a dismal snowpack a little healthier. According to the Army Corps of Engineers, valley reservoirs are up nearly 20 percent, but experts say spring storms will play a crucial role in replenishing the water supply and compensating for the low snowpack. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
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"An early snow is not necessarily an indication of a snowy winter," AccuWeather Meteorologist Tim Kines said.

For the past eight years, Timberline Lodge has gotten their first snowfall in November.

"Meteorologists are expecting a stormy start to the winter season, but the second half of winter will bring less storms and less snow," Kines said.

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Meteorologists say it will most likely not get cold enough for snow through late week at Timberline, but there will be additional opportunities for accumulating snow soon.

"Another round of accumulating snow is possible later in the weekend or early next week," Kines said.

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"The upcoming snow will be in no hurry to melt as temperatures over the next several days will be close to or below normal," Kines said.

Snowboarder Kyle Skutch is excited for an early start to the season.

"Last year, my first day of the season was Nov. 4. This is definitely the earliest I've ever gotten to snowboard with new snow," Skutch said. "It is unusual that we get this much snow this early and I would love to see the snow stay! Bring on the winter!"

Although Timberline made the headlines, many states in the West got their first snow this week. Lincoln County, Wyoming, received a whopping 21 inches, and Mount Rose, Nevada, came in slightly below at 18 inches of snow.

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