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Winter Weather Hits Oregon Mountain Ranges

If you're driving west or east from the Willamette Valley in the next day or two — be ready for snow.

The National Weather Service says the Cascades have received more than a foot of new snow — and an inch or two fell Tuesday night in the Coast Range.

Meteorologist Gerald Macke said more snow could fall in the Coast Range Wednesday.

"We're expecting the additional snow accumulation at pass levels to be upwards of five inches of snow at pass level, and then upwards of 10 inches in the coastal range above the passes, in the higher elevations of the coastal range," Macke said.

But Macke said the snow in the Coast Range should lighten up by the morning of Christmas Eve.

Macke said heavy snow is to continue likely off and on in the Cascades.

The combination of cold temperatures and precipitation has brought the snow level to lower elevations. Forecasters say flurries could even reach the valley floor.

Copyright 2015 Oregon Public Broadcasting

Rob Manning is a news editor at Oregon Public Broadcasting, with oversight of reporters covering education, healthcare and business. Rob became an editor in 2019, following about 15 years covering schools and universities in Oregon and southwest Washington as OPB’s education reporter.