GOVERNMENT CAMP, Ore. -- A cold front hitting the Northwest will drop snow levels to 4,000 feet by early Saturday morning, according to KGW Meteorologist Rod Hill.
The drop in snow levels to Cascade passes is the first such cold air of the fall season.
"Motorists traveling over the mountains this weekend should expect anything from wet roads to periods of icy conditions with 1 to 3 inches of snow showers each day," Hill said. "Forecast charts show snow levels as low as 3,000 feet at times through next Wednesday."
Seeing Cascade snow showers at Government Camp on October 20 is a normal start to the fall and winter seasons.
In 2010, Timberline had 12 inches of snow on the ground by Oct. 24. Last fall, Mt. Hood Meadows had five inches on the ground by November 3.
"This weekend's snow showers may in fact be the beginning of a new snow pack for Mt. Hood's upper elevations," Hill said. "Weekend temperatures will only warm to near-freezing at Timberline Lodge."
Strong winds at 7,000 feet could reach 80 mph gusts through Saturday morning, as a strong jet stream ushers in the cold weather.