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Mountain Snow Piles Up

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METEOROLOGIST MELISSA FREY’S FORECAST DISCUSSION:

The snow started falling Sunday night over the Cascades and hasn’t really let up since. We’re seeing between 6 and 12″ over the passes with 2-5″ in the foothills near 2,000 feet. A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Tuesday for elevations above 2,000 feet.

An additional 4-7″ can be expected near 2,000′ through Tuesday. The passes will see another 6-10″ through Tuesday evening, along with strong west winds of 40-55 mph.

The Northern Oregon Cascades are getting the most snow. A Winter Storm Warning through 6 a.m. Wednesday from Mt. Hood to Santiam Pass. This area received 6 – 12″ and additional 15 – 30″ will fall through Tuesday night. Total storm accumulations of 2-5 feet are likely near Mt. Hood.

The rest of us below 2,000 feet will continue to see scattered rain showers. The rain will begin to taper off Wednesday afternoon as the strong northwest jet stream bringing in all the moisture moves east.

Temperatures will stay close to average this week, in the mid to upper 40s during the day and mid to upper 30s overnight.

Have a great Monday!
-Meteorologist Melissa Frey

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