Forecast charts continue to show very wet and active weather Saturday, December 22, through Christmas Day. The good news is that snow levels are looking higher which if correct would make it easier for ODOT to keep lower Cascade passes in decent shape.
Weekend before Christmas: Snow levels will average near 4,000 feet with 1-2 feet of snow possible over both days.
Monday, the 24th: 6 inches of snowfall with the snow level near 3,500 feet.
Christmas Day: Snow showers 3-4 inches with the snow level near 3,500 feet.
Wednesday, the 26th: Snow level may rise to 5,000 feet with a mix of rain and snow.
Please keep in mind the above data will likely change, but the overall pattern has consistently looked very wet with heavy snow in the Cascades. A snow level near 4,000 feet will mean HWY 26 over Mt. Hood would be snow covered at times, but ODOT may be able to keep the road in decent shape. Higher passes such as Santiam would likely remain snow covered with very slow travel through the period.
Please check back for updates to your holiday travel as needed.
KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill