GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore -- Plows and gravel trucks worked the high mountain pass along US 26 all day Monday, but as sundown approached packed snow and ice remained.
Temperatures were expected to be in the 30s Monday evening as cold air moved in to the Portland Metro area.
Scattered flurries or wet snow showers are possible in the Willamette Valley Monday night, said KGW Meteorologist Nick Allard. Snow was likely in the Cascades and the coast range.
Snow at 3,500 ft and gusty conditions was enough to convince some drivers to pull over and put on snow chains.
“I’m actually headed up to the timberline lodge and it's really starting to snow and the roads are a little slippery,” said Heather Miller as she chained up. “Plus the sign said you have to have them on.”
Many motorists were not using chains, but Logan Muden said he didn’t want to take any chances.
“We see people flying up and down the roads,” Muden said. “But you know, just to be safe, we’d rather put them on.”
While the conditions make it tough for drivers, skier and boarders are happy.
Timberline and Mount Hood Meadows both reported a few inches of fresh snowfall Monday and hope for more.
"The Cascades will see about 6 to 12 inches of new snow through tonight and we'll even see a few inches in the coast range this evening," Allard said. "That also means we'll probably see some snow for the higher hills of Portland this evening and late tonight."
But the moisture should wrap up before Tuesday morning.
"From there we'll dry out and stay that way for the next few days with cold, sunny and breezy conditions," Allard said.