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)
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Top of the World Country Store along the Bear tooth Highway in the high mountains of the Shoshone National Forest in northern Wyoming, The Bear tooth Mountains are located northeast of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and Montana. This alpine area above timberline is accessible in summer months via the paved Bear tooth All American Road US Highway 212 between Red Lodge and Cooke City Montana. This store is an historical stop for travelers along the road below and west of Bear tooth Pass. (Photo by: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)
Afternoon reflections of Bear tooth Butte in the calm waters of Bear tooth Lake in the Shoshone National Forest in Wyoming along the scenic Bear tooth Highway, The Bear tooth Mountains are located northeast of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and Montana. This alpine area above timberline is accessible in summer months via the paved Bear tooth All American Road US Highway 212 between Red Lodge and Cooke City Montana. This view is from one of many turnouts along the road below and west of the pass. (Photo by: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)
An alpine lake slips into afternoon shadows in the Bear tooth Mountains of the Shoshone National Forest in far northern Wyoming, The Bear tooth Mountains are located northeast of Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and Montana. This alpine area above timberline is accessible in summer months via the paved Bear tooth All American Road US Highway 212 between Red Lodge and Cooke City Montana. (Photo by: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 23: Artwork at Timberline Lodge, halfway up Mount Hood in Oregon (Photo by Carol M. Highsmith/Buyenlarge/Getty Images)
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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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