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Heavy Snow For The Mountains

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Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Evening Forecast Discussion: 

The storm that’ll bring a good blast of mountain snow is on the move already tonight. We’ll start to see showers after dinner tonight, winds picking up as well, and snow that has been falling along the Santiam Pass for a few hours now, will move southward and increase its intensity overnight. Expect to wake up to a cool, showery start to your Saturday forecast with lows in the mid to low 40s.

Mountain travel will be tricky throughout the weekend. Freezing levels dipping below the Passes to around 3000 feet by late tonight and stay in the higher foothills through Sunday. Accumulations will be around 5-9″ by Saturday afternoon but winds will be very breezy so expect blowing snow in the mountains both Friday and Saturday. Winter Weather Advisories have been posted for both Passes, so if you have to head into the mountains, be prepared for blowing snow and very dangerous driving conditions overnight into Saturday.

Duck fans will also have to contend with some showers early in the day, mainly for tailgating. By kickoff at 1p, showers should be spotty with an occasional sun break and temperatures around 46.  Sunday and Monday, showers taper off, but the cold air is stuck. Highs won’t get out of the 40s for most of the region. Another blast is coming next Tuesday and most of the week looks to stay fairly wet with more snow midweek for the mountains.

Have a great weekend!

- Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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