SISTERS, Ore. - A weekend storm got the snow season off to a good start in the Cascade Range, dropping as much as a foot of fresh snow in some higher elevation areas.
The Oregon Department of Transportation is keeping the major mountain passes clear, reporting that 12 inches fell along the roadways from Saturday to Sunday. Officials predict another storm to roll in on Monday.
The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement for the Cascades, saying another storm system is expected to roll through southwestern Washington and parts of Oregon.
Unlike this weekend, officials say this is a warmer front that will bring strong winds and plenty of precipitation on Monday into Tuesday. It might be warmer, but it still could make for more snowfall at Santiam Pass-level as the storm passes through. Full forecast
The Brickell family said they brought their snow chains just in case after down Hwy 126 on their way to Bend.
"We just decided to take a day trip saw some snow and said 'Hey! Let's go for it'," said Stephanie Brickell.