NWS: Storm will bring 3-5 feet of fresh snow to Mount Hood, Cascades through Tues.
GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. – The ski resorts on Mount Hood are expecting several feet of fresh snow to fall through Tuesday, which could create problems for drivers heading over the mountain passes along the Cascade Range.
Forecasters with the NWS say that the lowland areas in the Willamette Valley will mostly see rain or mixed precipitation for the next few days, but that storm will bring in some fresh mountain snow for the Cascades.
Timberline Lodge, which sits at about 6,000 feet above sea level, is expected to get 4 to 5 feet of fresh snow through Tuesday night.
A spokesperson for Mount Hood Meadows (4,523 feet of elevation) said they expect a full foot of fresh snow overnight Sunday.
KATU Meteorologist Mary Loos said the snow level will be at about 1,000 feet on Sunday evening.
“Some areas, like the Coast Range, Willapa Hills, I-5 corridor through Lewis County, Cowlitz and Clark Counties, and the Cascade foothills of Washington will likely see snow from this next system late Sunday afternoon into the early evening,” Loos said. “There may also be spots that see snow in the air, or a wintry mix before shifting over to rain.”
Depending on temperatures, there may still be areas that are icy on the roads in the early morning, so continue to use caution if you leave very early in the morning.
Rain will become increasingly widespread through the early morning on Monday as SW wind conditions continue to modify the cold air that's been in place.