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Heavy snow expected in Cascades Sunday into Monday

Love Cross
Snowy roads on Siskiyou Pass at the Oregon- California border, Dec. 23, 2021.

Forecasters say a strong weather storm system is on its way to the Pacific Northwest, bringing with it the potential for heavy snow and gusty winds.

The National Weather Service has issued winter storm watches for the Oregon and Washington Cascades as well as the Blue Mountains of northeast Oregon and southeast Washington from Sunday morning through Monday afternoon. These areas have around a 70% chance of receiving heavy snowfall and significant accumulations.

Snow levels will lower to the lowest elevations of those areas Sunday night and Monday.

Those taking to the roads Sunday and Monday should be prepared for winter driving conditions. Drivers can visit Tripcheck.com or call 511 for the latest road conditions.

The NWS says conditions will become much colder by mid-week and there is potential for lowland snow as another storm system approaches Wednesday into Thursday.

Love Cross joined KLCC in 2017. She began her public radio career as a graduate student, serving as Morning Edition Host for Boise State Public Radio in the late 1990s. She earned her undergraduate degree in Rhetoric and Communication from University of California at Davis, and her Master’s Degree from Boise State University. In addition to her work in public radio, Love teaches college-level courses in Communication and Public Speaking.