First significant snow coming to the Cascades; prepare for winter driving at pass level

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GOVT. CAMP, Ore. – Mount Hood is going to see its first significant snow of the season at the Cascade Mountain pass level this week.

KATU meteorologist Rhonda Shelby said there could be nearly a foot of fresh snow at Timberline Lodge and Mount Hood Meadows over the next 48 hours.

With the snow level hovering between 3,000 and 4,000 feet overnight Tuesday, there will likely be a few inches of snow in store for the Cascade Passes. Shelby predicts 3 to 6 inches of snow by tomorrow night.

“Anything over 3 could cause travel problems, especially for drivers that aren’t prepared for snow-covered roads,” Shelby said.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory through Wednesday night in anticipation of the snow.

The weather might be a problem for any early Thanksgiving travelers. If your Thanksgiving plans take you over the Cascades, it’s a good idea to make sure your car is road ready.

That means having good windshield wipers, snow chains and knowing how to drive in ice and snow as we head into the winter months.

Portland's Bureau of Emergency Management suggests getting an emergency kit in your car now if you don't already have one. They say it should include sturdy walking shoes, water, a blanket, a first aid kit, snacks, and toilet paper.

"All this stuff is just useful to have, you never know when you're going to need it, but you're sure going to be glad you have it when it comes time to use it,” said bureau spokesperson Felicia Heaton.

Crews with the Oregon, Portland and Washington Departments of Transportation (or ODOT, PBOT, and WashDOT) say the roads are ready to go for the winter and crews have their snow and ice plans in place, including which streets will get plowed first.

If you're a bus or MAX rider, TriMet says to make sure you know your snow route ahead of time so you can find stops if the regular route changes.

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