Winter storm forecasted to bring major snow to Cascades, Gorge

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A round of heavy snowfall is forecasted to hit the Cascades and Columbia River Gorge on Wednesday & Thursday.

Expect tough travel over the passes with the potential for feet of new snow on Mt. Hood.

Timing: Snowfall is expected to pick up throughout the afternoon on Wednesday and continue all day through Thursday. We’ll see a break in the mountain snowfall by Friday, yet snow-packed roadways are still likely across the passes.

The National Weather Service in Portland has a Winter Storm Watch in effect midweek for the potential of significant snowfall.

Expect tough travel over the mountain passes, including Hwy-35 through Parkdell and Odell.

Light snow accumulations and freezing rain is also possible in the Columbia River Gorge through Hood River Wednesday to Thursday morning.

Be sure to keep your eyes on the forecast. The KOIN 6 Weather team will continue to monitor impacts of snowfall in the mountains and in the Portland metro area this week.

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