Columbia River Gorge under winter storm watch and winter weather advisory

Mount Norway in Washougal - photo from Jaim Chabot

HOOD RIVER, Ore. – The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a winter storm watch Sunday for much of the Columbia River Gorge area.

The winter storm watch is in effect from Sunday morning through Monday afternoon for the Upper Hood River Valley, Central Columbia River Gorge, Parkdale, Odell, Hood River, Carson and Underwood.

Forecasters say heavy snow is possible and motorists should plan on difficult travel conditions.

They say 3 to 6 inches of snow could accumulate. Some places could see up to 8 inches.

The National Weather Service says the snow will impact Interstate 84 in Oregon and State Route 14 in Washington.

They say the snow could transition to freezing rain Sunday evening in areas such as Corbett, Rooster Rock, Multnomah Falls, Cascade Locks, North Bonneville and Stevenson.

Residents in these locations could also see damage to trees and power lines.

A winter storm watch means there is potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.

There is also a winter weather advisory in effect for the East Columbia River Gorge, including The Dalles.

The winter weather advisory is in effect from 7 a.m. Sunday to 4 a.m. Monday.

Motorists should plan on slippery road conditions and snow.

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