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'Plan on slippery road conditions': Winter weather hits Oregon mountains

Willamette Pass on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. (ODOT)

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EUGENE, Ore. - Snow is likely in both the Cascades and the Coast Range Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, the National Weather Service warned.

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Forecasters issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Coast Range above 2,000 feet elevation, in effect until 7 a.m. Wednesday.

"Plan on slippery road conditions. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 4 inches, with localized amounts up to 6 inches, are expected," forecasters said Tuesday afternoon. "Look for reduced visibilities at times."

In the Cascades, a Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 7 a.m. Wednesday for areas above 2,000 feet. That includes both Santiam Pass and Willamette Pass.

"Heavy snow expected. Plan on difficult travel conditions," forecasters said Tuesday afternoon. "Total snow accumulations of 2 to 6 inches, with localized amounts up to 10 inches, are expected."

Snow showers will taper off Wednesday morning and end by afternoon, forecasters said.

"Dry and cool weather expected Thursday with areas of freezing fog. A weak disturbance may produce light lower elevation snow on Friday," forecasters said in a forecast discussion Tuesday afternoon. "Dry weather with east winds and colder temperatures is expected this weekend."

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