Early fall snow expected in the mountains this weekend


Snow is expected to hit the Cascades this weekend, which is unusual for this time of year

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — As showers and cold air arrive this afternoon, with a chance of thunderstorms for the northwest corner of Oregon as well, forecasters are expecting a wintry feel in the mountains this weekend.

Snow levels are projected to drop to near 3,000 to 4,000 feet by Sunday, which could bring snow to the Cascade mountain passes.

Major snowfall accumulation in Oregon is not expected, but it will be odd to see this early into fall. Mt. Hood Meadows may see their first significant snowfall with 6″+ through Sunday.

The most significant snowfall in our region is expected in Washington’s north-central Cascades, where one to two feet of snow could fall. Some forecasts even run closer to three feet of snow on the highest peaks. The brunt of this wintry storm will hit further east in Idaho and portions of north-central Montana. The northern Rocky Mountains could see up to three feet of snow as well. A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for blizzard-like conditions from Friday evening to Sunday night in the Rocky Mountains. Many ski resorts across the west will accumulate significant snowfall this weekend. But most, if not all, still remain closed.

Back in Oregon, thanks to this wintry forecast, officials are warning drivers to be aware of winter driving conditions over the Cascade mountain passes this weekend as well. Drivers through Government Camp and Santiam Pass may see off-and-on snow showers Saturday and Sunday.

Snow accumulation on the roadways will be very minimal with minor traffic impacts; however, drivers are still advised to use caution. The National Weather Service in Portland currently has no winter weather warnings or watches in place through the weekend.

Highs in Portland this weekend will stay cool in the upper 50s to low 60s.

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