January 23 2019
Christmas travel will into the mountains, if you dare, may be exciting as well as dangerous for anyone driving Oregon's high mountain passes or even to the Oregon Coast this year.
Snow storms may drop 12 to 24 inches of snow onto Cascade Range between the Willamette Valley and Bend, and a limited amount to the Columbia River Gorge.
A flood warning is also in effect for the Central Oregon Coast, according to the National Weather Service in Portland.
It's good news for skiers and snowboarders, who can enjoy every one of Oregon's major ski areas being open holiday break.
But it could be a headache for anyone traveling over the mountains or to the coast.
The action starts this evening.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm advisory for all mountain passes above 4,000 feet, including U.S. Highway 20 on Santiam Pass and Highway 58 on Willamette Pass.
Eight to 16 inches of snow is expected from 4 p.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Monday.
"Travel could be very difficult," a NWS warning said.
The Columbia River Gorge and upper Hood River Valley will also see snow Saturday night, particularly along Highway 35 between Hood River and US 26 late, NWS officials said.