Forecasters say inches of snow could accumulate in Cascade passes

FILE--In this Nov. 29, 2016, file photo, Oregon's Mount Hood, sporting a fresh coat of new snow, is lit through dispersing clouds by the setting sun as seen from Portland, Ore. The statewide snowpack for Oregon is 138 percent above normal after a harsh winter that featured plenty of snow and heavy rainfall. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, file)

GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. – Forecasters are predicting snow in the Cascades this week as temperatures dip throughout the region.

The National Weather Service in Portland issued a special weather statement Tuesday morning saying they expect snow to return to the south Washington and north and central Oregon Cascades.

Snow will start falling in the mountains Tuesday night and will continue on and off through Friday.

Weather experts say the snow level will lower to near the Cascade passes Tuesday night and Wednesday.

Higher elevations above 6,000 feet could accumulate a foot of snow between Tuesday and Friday. The highest elevations could get 2 feet.

Forecasters say there will be much less snow in the passes, but a couple inches could accumulate Wednesday through Friday.

Experts warn the snow could make many outdoor activities hazardous including mountain climbing, hiking, and hunting. They say be prepared if you plan on heading to the Cascades this week, carry traction devices and extra food and water.

Snow could fall at the following locations:

  • Northern Oregon Cascades in Lane County
  • South Washington Cascades
  • Government Camp
  • Detroit
  • Santiam Pass
  • Coldwater Ridge Visitors Center
  • Mount St. Helens
  • Wind River Valley
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